The Syrian army liberated a number of key areas in the coastal northwestern Syrian province of Latakia, with Russia’s aerial assistance, military sources told Iranian media on Friday.

The Russian Aerospace Forces have been carrying out airstrikes against terrorist targets across eight Syrian provinces, including Latakia, at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad, since September 30.

“The sources said that the Syrian army, the NDF [National Defense Forces] fighters and the Russian Air Force conducted joint anti-terrorist operations near the strategic regions of Rweiset Khandaq and Ketf al-Hamidah,” Fars News Agency reported.

It added that pro-government forces had restored full security in four other villages in the vicinity of the province’s northern mountain.

Dozens of militants died in the ground campaign, the sources added.

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