MOSCOW, January 19. Russian combat aircraft for four days and committed in Syria 157 sorties and struck nearly 600 infrastructure of terrorists, told journalists the official representative of the Ministry of defense of the Russian Federation Igor Konashenkov.
“For the past four days the aircraft of the Russian air group in the Syrian Arab Republic has completed 157 sorties on 579 objects terrorist infrastructure in the provinces of Aleppo, Deir-ez-Zor, HOMS, Hama, raqqa and Lattakia”, he said.
From Russia with support
As the aircraft of the Russian Federation helps to fight with terrorists in Syria
According to Konashenkov, in the area of the settlement Kabale (province of Latakia) bomber su-34 attacked the strongholds of militants “Islamic state”, located on dominating heights. As a result of a direct hit destroyed four off-road vehicles with mounted with heavy machine guns and about 20 fighters.
“In the area of the settlement Belia, in the province of Deir ez-Zor, where on the eve of the militants of the IG in order to terrorize the local population staged a mass execution of nearly 300 innocent civilians that Russian bomber su-34 struck strongholds of terrorists,” the General said. According to him, direct hits destroyed were over 60 terrorists, three trucks with ammunition, two jeeps with anti-aircraft artillery ZU-23.
In addition, the su-25 bombed the camp of the IG in the province of HOMS due to information from the opposition. “A few days ago from one of the detachments of the Patriotic opposition has received information about the location of the center of the field camp of the militants ISIL (former name “Islamic state”) in the area of the settlement Kissin, HOMS province,” said Konashenkov.
Asmr the Russian Federation was deprived of the IG in Syria’s ability to replenish needed supplies
After further exploration using drones and verification of data through an information center in Baghdad by object struck the su-25, said the General. “The command of the Russian air group continues cooperation with the Patriotic opposition forces in Syria, leading the fighting against terrorist groups ISIL, “dzhebhat EN-Nusra” and other”, – said Konashenkov.
Also Russian aircraft have destroyed an oil pumping station in the Syrian province of raqqa and a convoy of tanker trucks-Nalivayko in the province of Aleppo. “In the course of action to undermine the sources of criminal proceeds terrorists for the past four days in the province of raqqa Russian planes destroyed a major warehouse of combustive-lubricating materials and oil pumping station”, – said Konashenkov.
In the area of the settlement Herbal, the province of Aleppo, in the course of air reconnaissance detected a convoy was the tanker, which was carrying smuggled oil towards the border with Turkey. During the RAID of the bomber su-24 destroyed 23 trucks, said the representative of the Ministry of defense.
The terrorists begin to desert
He also noted that there are facts of mass defections of fighters. “There are facts of mass desertion and evasion of fighters integer units from further participation in hostilities. So, the bandit group of field commander Abu Khaldun of about 30 people on Sunday defected from his position in full,” – said Konashenkov.
The term of the agreement on placing of the Russian air group in Syria is not set
The General said, after the liberation Salma militant activity in the area of the mountain massif of Jabal al-Arkadia has decreased significantly.
Media reported the entry of government forces in Salma on January 12. As noted by the chief of the main operations Directorate of the Russian General staff Sergey rudskoy, to release one of the “strongholds” of the militants of the Islamic state (a terrorist organization banned in Russia) and the capital of the mountainous Latakia actively helped the detachment of the opposition “desert Falcons”.
The terrorists were more likely to arrange provocations
Konashenkov also said that the terrorists in Syria is increasingly organize provocations, shelling the settlements. “Not being able to stop the offensive of government forces, terrorists often carry out provocative shelling from artillery and mortars at settlements for subsequent accusations of Syrian government troops”, – said the General.
According to him, group “Ahrar al-sham” and “dzhebhat EN-Nusra” carried out missile and artillery shelling of settlements of FOIA and Cafer Haya in Idlib province.
“Such attacks of peace settlements and threatening actions are observed in other provinces where the terrorists are retreating under the onslaught of government troops or forces of the Patriotic opposition”, – said Konashenkov.
Humanitarian aid from Russia
In addition, Kosenkov said, more than 40 tons of humanitarian aid landed for the residents of the Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor, blocked by the militants, as well as other areas.
“The command of the Russian air group in the Syrian Arab Republic continues humanitarian operation for the delivery of food and basic necessities to areas blocked by terrorists. So, yesterday for the residents blocked the fighters of the city of Deir ez-Zor and other areas, we have spent over 40 tons of humanitarian cargo,” – said Konashenkov.
More than 5.5 thousand sorties
Earlier, the head of the Main operations Directorate of the General staff of the Armed forces of the Russian Federation Lieutenant General Sergey rudskoy said that the aircraft Air-space forces of Russia for almost four months of operations in Syria has fulfilled 5662 sorties.
“From 30 September 2015, Air-space forces of Russia in Syria executed 5662 sorties, including 145 sorties of aircraft strategic missile and long-range bombers, start of 97 cruise missiles, sea-and air-based,” said Lieutenant-General.
The targeted are infrastructure, bases, and the accumulation of military equipment and manpower of terrorists.
“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).
The Islamic state in Iraq and Syria
The territory under the control of militants, foreign mercenaries in the ranks of the terrorist group and the largest terrorist attacks of the IG – infographic