Defense Ministry: militants IG in Syria receding, Russia has increased the intensity of reconnaissance from the air

MOSCOW, October 15. The militants of the terrorist group “Islamic state” began to retreat in Syria, and therefore the Russian aviation has strengthened the investigation, said the official representative of the Ministry of defense of Russia Igor Konashenkov.

“The rebels retreating, trying to construct new launch sites and adapting existing logistics system of supply of ammunition, weapons and material resources”, – said Konashenkov.

According to him, the Russian intelligence capture these changes, the processing and analysis of data received from the Russian funds, and received from the information center in Baghdad.

“Of course, to check and confirm the information, we have increased the intensity of reconnaissance flights by aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles”, – he added.

Destroyed objects

The su-25 Russian air group destroyed in the mountains of the province of Damascus in Syria disguised base of the “Islamic state,” said Konashenkov.

“In the mountain range Magar, the province of Damascus, aerial reconnaissance had identified a disguised base. At this facility, there were three armored cars and eight SUVs mounted with heavy machine guns and mortars,” – said Konashenkov.

According to him, a pair of Russian attack aircraft su-25 made on the basis of a fire that destroyed found on the site equipment as well as stocks of fuel and ammunition.

Russian combat aircraft destroyed in the province of Hama in Syria professionally camouflaged artillery battery, also said Konashenkov.

“In the course of the Russian unmanned aerial reconnaissance in the area of Khan Shaykhun, in the province of Hama, stronghold of the identified terrorists with masked artillery battery. I note the presence of a all the rules of the artillery positions directly indicates the presence among the terrorists of the IG (“Islamic state”) professionals who have good military training,” – said Konashenkov.

According to him, after conducting additional exploration and refinement of the coordinates of the artillery batteries, bombers su-34 and su-25 was applied aviation group sudden impact.

“Accurate hits bombs, six artillery guns, ammunition and four units of automobile technics of the raised passableness, equipped with mortars, destroyed completely”, – informed the official representative of the defense Ministry.

Russian aircraft destroyed in the Damascus province in Syria anti-aircraft missile system (SAM) “Wasp” captured terrorists of the Islamic state from the Syrian army, said Konashenkov.

“In the area of Eastern ghouta, Damascus province, a bomber su-34 destroyed a clandestine emplacement of anti-aircraft missile complex “Wasp”, previously captured by militants of the Syrian armed forces,” Konashenkov said.

According to him, the application of guided aerial bombs KAB-500 concrete shelter, which was complex, was completely destroyed, destroyed missile systems.

Aircraft of the Russian air group in Syria killed in Aleppo province command post of the “Islamic state”, as well as a workshop for manufacturing explosive mines in the province of Idlib, said Konashenkov.

“Bombers su-24M in the area of the settlement Quseir al-ward, in the province of Aleppo, hit by a command center of ISIL militants equipped with one of two-storey buildings. A direct hit by an aircraft bomb the facility was destroyed”, – said Konashenkov.

In addition, according to him, in the suburbs of the village of El Atareb, in the province of Idlib, the su-25 attack aircraft struck at the sweatshop, which produced high-explosive mines for later bookmark on the highways in the area.

“As a result of the detonation of stored explosives the object is destroyed”, – said Konashenkov.

33 sorties

Russian aircraft for the past days has made 33 sorties and attacked 32 of the object of the terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG) in Syria, said Konashenkov.

“During the day the aircraft of the Russian air group has continued its attacks on the infrastructure of the terrorist group ISIL (the former name of the IG – ed.) in the Syrian Arab Republic. The base Hamim made 33 sorties on 32 targets for terrorists in the provinces of Idlib, Hama, Damascus, Aleppo and Deir-ez-Zor,” said Konashenkov.

The decrease in the intensity of flights of the Russian air force in Syria related to the onset of the Syrian army, said Konashenkov.

“This is due to the fact that as a result of active offensive operations of the Syrian armed forces transformation of the line of contact with terrorist groups ISIS (the former name is forbidden in Russia grouping “Islamic state” – approx.)”, – said Konashenkov.

Last week the head of the Syrian General staff, General Ali Ayoub announced the beginning of large-scale offensive of the armed forces of Syria. It was reported that the military has had some success, including in the province of Hama, on Thursday began an offensive operation North of the city of HOMS.

Russian air force strikes on targets of terrorists in Syria from 30 September, acting at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In the grouping of the aerospace forces of the Russian Federation includes more than 50 aircraft and helicopters. To participate in ground operations in Syria Russia has no plans.


“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).