Long-range bombers flying from Russia destroy ‘major’ ISIS camp in central Syria

Tupolev Tu-22M3 strategic bomber. © Vladimir Astapkovich
Six Tupolev Tu-22M3 strategic bombers have delivered massive airstrikes against a major Islamic State camp and ammunition depots in Syria, Russia’s Defense Ministry says. The aircraft flew from Russia and returned home after the operation.

The bombers, based at one of Russian’s southern air bases, took off on Tuesday morning, passed through Iranian and Iraqi airspace and delivered concentrated high-explosive ammunition airstrikes on terrorist targets east of the towns of Palmyra and As Sukhnah, and the village of Arak.

All aircraft have successfully returned to home base, the ministry said in a statement.

 The Russian military stated that the information on the eliminated targets was acquired over the last several days and confirmed through several intelligence channels.

The US-led international antiterrorist coalition was notified of the airstrikes in advance, the ministry says.

“The strike resulted in the destruction of a large militant field camp, three depots of arms and munitions, three tanks, four infantry combat vehicles and eight vehicles fitted with heavy machine guns, also neutralizing a large number of enemy fighters,” the statement says.

and from Sputnik News:

TU-22M3 airplane

Russian Tu-22M3 Bombers Destroy Daesh Camp, Tanks & Militants in Syria

Russian Tu-22M3 strategic long-range bombers have destroyed a number of militants, large Daesh camp, ammunition depots and tanks in Syrian on July 12, the Russian Defense Minsitry stated.

“As a result of the airstrikes, a large terrorist encampment, three ammunition depots, three tanks, four armored vehicles, eight cars equipped with heavy machine guns as well as a large number of terrorists were destroyed,” the statement read.

Six Russian Tu-22M3 strategic long-range bombers hit Daesh’ high-explosive munitions near Syria’s Palmyra, As Sukhnah, Arak, the Russian Ministry of Defense said.

“On the morning of July 12, six Tu-22M3 long-range strategic bombers carried out a concentrated attack using high-explosive ammunition on Daesh targets east of Palmyra, As Sukhnah and Arak,” the statement read.

Among the targets identified and confirmed through intelligence channels in recent days, the ministry said a large IS field camp, three arms depots, three tanks and a large number of militants have been destroyed in the attack.

All bombers returned safely to airfields after striking Daesh targets in Syria.

“All planes returned safely and landed in their airfields. In order to ensure flight safety, representatives of the [US-led] international coalition have been notified of the attacks in advance,” the ministry underscored.

The representatives of the US-led international coalition have been notified in advance about the Russian airstrikes and the flight corridors of long-range Russian bombers.

Syria has been suffering from the fighting between government forces and opposition, as well as extremist groups.

The Russia-US brokered ceasefire regime in Syria came into force on February 27. The al-Nusra Front and Daesh terrorist groups, which are outlawed in Russia, are not part of the ceasefire deal.

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