First Russian air strikes over Quneitra opposite the Golan
In its first sortie over Quneitra opposite Israeli Golan, the Russian air force struck Islamic State and Nusra Front positions Tuesday. Iranian sources noted that this was the closest Russian warplanes had ever come to the Syrian-Israeli border. The Russian jets also struck rebel targets the southern Syrian town of Deraa near the Jordanian border. On Oct. 9, DEBKAfile reported that the Russian air force was preparing to go into action over southern Syria and Israel was braced for Russian aerial intrusions over its Golan border.