MOSCOW, October 14. Russian pilots in Syria to effectively carry out the tasks, despite the active opposition of air defense forces of the terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG). This was announced on October 14 the state Duma Deputy from United Russia, Colonel-General, Hero of Soviet Union Nikolay Antoshkin, who during his recent visit to Syria visited the places of basing of the Russian aviation and from the command post watched the VC blows of the Russian Federation on objects of IG (banned in Russia – a comment).
“Thanks to the active and systematic activities of the Ministry of defense (Russian Federation) and the General staff in recent years, the level of combat training of the personnel was raised to the present level and meet the modern requirements of warfare that the results of the strikes,” stressed Antoshkin, speaking from the faction at the beginning of the plenary session of the state Duma.
“Despite the strong opposition air defense of the terrorist groups ISIS and they have a lot – and SAM “Red eye” (“Red eye”), and “stinger”, “Strela”, “Igla”, small-caliber anti-aircraft artillery, heavy machine guns, and pilots perform every day from one to three sorties under temperature conditions plus forty degrees Celsius in the shade and are determined to continue to perform all the tasks in the interests of a speedy peace in this region, the transition to a political solution of all problems without the use of force, strengthen the position of legitimate authority led by President Bashar al-Assad,” – said the MP who in 1990-e years was in command of front-line aviation of the Russian air force.
Antoshkin said that in Syria “managed to see the whole airfield for our aviation, security and defense, to speak in front of the command groups of our troops, the command of the air base, to discuss some issues with them, share experiences, meet with some officers and generals of the Syrian army, to visit the command post during the attacks on Islamist positions”.
He noted that “successfully selected the beginning of the transfer of aviation, the beginning of the attack carefully explored objects IG”, “as soon as possible were lack of cooperation with the General staff of the Syrian army, created the system of protection and defense, conditions for vital activity of the personnel”.
Russian air force strikes on targets of terrorists in Syria since September 30. As previously reported, the structure of the group the Russian space forces included more than 50 aircraft and helicopters. In particular, operations were brought upgraded front-line bomber su-24M and su-25SM, and the newest su-34.
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Islamic state” (ISIS) – an Islamist terrorist organization operating inside Iraq and Syria.
Established on 15 October 2006 by the merger of 11 radical Sunni groups. The core group forming the militants, who fought with American troops during their stay in Iraq and with the forces of the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
The IG recognized as a terrorist organization in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Turkey, Egypt, UAE, India, Indonesia, and Russia (29 December 2014).