Russia and Syria forces delivered massive strike at area of Russian Su-24 crash — official


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MOSCOW, November 26. /TASS/. The military of Russia and Syria delivered massive strikes at the territory where the pilot of Russia’s Sukhoi Su-24M aircraft downed by the Turkish Air Force was rescued, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Thursday.

“As soon as our pilot was safe, Russian bombers and rocket artillery of the Syrian government forces delivered massive strikes at the mentioned area,” Konashenkov said. “Terrorists and other mysterious groups acting in the area were destroyed,” he said.

The spokesman added that militants and other armed units equipped with advanced devices tried to hunt down the navigator of the downed Russian Sukhoi-24M jet.

“I’d like to stress that apart from our search teams, the militants and other armed units equipped with devices for bearings were actively searching for the Russian pilot [who had managed to eject – TASS],” Gen Konashenkov said.

“For the reasons that are clearly understandable, we can’t disclose all the details of that operation,” Gen Konashenkov said.

The Turkish Air Force’s F-16 fighter on Tuesday shot down a Russian Sukhoi Su-24M bomber that Ankara claims violated the country’s airspace on the border with Syria. The Su-24M crew ejected but one of the two pilots was killed by fire from the ground. The second pilot was rescued as a result of a 12-hour operation. During evacuation of the Su-24M crew, a Mi-8 helicopter was lost and a contract marine was killed.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said the Su-24M was above Syrian territory and “there was no violation of Turkey’s airspace.” It said the Turkish Air Force fighter violated Syria’s airspace.

Russian warplanes attacked almost 450 targets over past 3 days

According to Konashenkov, Russian aircraft have made 134 sorties over the past three days, attacking nearly 450 targets in eight Syrian provinces.

On November 23-26, Russian Aerospace Forces’ aircraft have carried out 134 sorties at 449 facilities in the provinces of Aleppo, Damascus, Idlib, Latakia, Hama, Homs, Rakka and Deir-ez-Zor,” Konashenkov said.

After carrying out military tasks, all Russian combat aircraft safely returned to the Khmeimim airbase, he said.

The spokesman also pointed out that militants trapped near Tell Bis and Er Rastan settlements in Syria’s Homs province are suffering heavy losses under the air strikes.

“The militants have retreated to 4-6 kilometres in the direction of Mhin and al-Quariatain,” he said.

The Syrian government troops liberated the city of Mhin, 85 kilometres to the southeast of Homs, last Sunday, November 22, the Al-Watan newspaper’s electronic edition said. From there they headed for Palmyra.

A flight of Russian Sukhoi Su-25 Grach (NATO reporting name: Frogfoot) close air support aircraft has attacked militants of the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group in the Syrian province of Idlib.

“As a result of direct hits of aerial bombs, one tank, two armored vehicles and three vehicles with mortars were destroyed. The enemy sustained considerable casualties,” Konashenkov said.

Besides, he said, a Russian Sukhoi Su-24M bomber (NATO reporting name: Fencer) attacked and destroyed a semiburied ammunition depot of the Islamic State terrorist organization in Homs.

Russia’s Aerospace Forces started delivering pinpoint strikes in Syria at facilities of the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations, which are banned in Russia, on September 30, 2015, on a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The air group initially comprised over 50 aircraft and helicopters, including Sukhoi Su-24M, Su-25SM and state-of-the-art Su-34 aircraft. They were redeployed to the Khmeimim airbase in the province of Latakia.

On October 7, four missile ships of the Russian Navy’s Caspian Flotilla fired 26 Kalibr cruise missiles (NATO codename Sizzler) at militants’ facilities in Syria. On October 8, the Syrian army passed to a large-scale offensive.

In mid-November, Russia increased the number of aircraft taking part in the operation in Syria to 69 and involved strategic bombers in strikes at militants.


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  1. What you are not seeing and, will never see, are reports of the munitions being used in some of these bombings. If you pay close attention to the videos posted by RT, you will see delayed detonations followed by complete destruction of the target. What that is, what those are, is for some reason, not being talked about in the US MSM. Surely this is news worthy. Is it not?

    Hard to believe that these snakes survive such an ordinance and, impossible to believe that people are not paying very close attention to such strikes. I find them very very interesting and wonder what Putin has left up his sleeve. As a side note: What’s up with the weather is some locals over there? LOL


  2. The media keeps saying Russia is targeting the moderate rebels and not the Islamic State but that makes no sense because the Islamic State is trying to overthrow the Assad regime and have caused the Syrian refugee crisis. Why would Russia be trying to protect the Assad regime from moderate terrorists only? Also the US and their allies are telling Russia to actively fight terrorism when they are the only country that has been seriously been fighting Islamic State and doing damage to the Terrorist Organization.

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