Russian planes make 41 sorties, attack 40 IS targets in 24 hours — Defense Ministry

Russian military aviation at Khmeimim airbase in Syria

Russian bombers have destroyed 40 ISIL facilities in several Syrian provinces, the Defense Ministry spokesman said.

 Russian Aerospace Forces have completed 41 sorties against 40 Islamic State infrastructure facilities in Syria’s governorates of Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia, Hama, and Deir ez-Zor.

“Su-24M bombers carried out precision strikes near the city of Aleppo against facilities used by militants to assemble explosion devices and install them on suicide bombers’ automobiles,” the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Wednesday during a briefing in Moscow.

According to him, militants planned to use these vehicles to carry out terrorist attacks across Syria and to attack the national army positions.

“Near the settlement of Hraytan, an Su-25M [Frogfoot] attack fighter carried out a strike against an IS terrorist arms depot and fuel storage unit. The facilities were completely destroyed using precision air strikes,” Konashenkov went on to say.

In addition, “Su-25SM aircraft attacked a terrorist training center in a mountainous area in the province of Idlib,” the Russian military spokesman added. “Air data recorders captured detonation of munitions stored at the facility. The facility was destroyed.”

“In the provinces of Hama and Latakia Su-24 bombers destroyed terrorists’ ammunition stores. Near Deir ez-Zor,  the Su-24s destroyed the command post of a major Islamic State grouping”, Konashenkov said.

Since September 30 Russia has been carrying out airstrikes on the Islamic State facilities in Syria following a request by the country’s internationally recognized government.


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