In the course of the last week, the Russian aircraft in the Syrian Arab Republic have performed 468 combat sorties engaging 1354 terrorists’ infrastructural facilities in the Aleppo, Latakia, Hama, Homs, Damascus, Raqqah, Daraa and Deir ez-Zor provinces. Among them – 24 ones were carried out by Tu-22M3 long-range bombers from the Russian territory.

 

Long-range bomber aviation aircraft supported units of the Syrian governmental troops which defended the city of Deir ez-Zor. The airstrikes carried out by Tu-22M3 bombers from the territory of the Russian Federation jointly with tactical aviation from the Hmeymim airbase, engaged 23 important terrorists’ objects in that district.

 

The attempt of terrorists to assault Deir ez-Zor was frustrated.

 

Within the humanitarian operation carried out by the Russian Armed Forces in the Syrian Arab Republic, in January over 200 tons of food and medicine were delivered by means of the Russian P-7 parachute platforms to the city of Deir ez-Zor besieged by the ISIS militants.

 

It is to be emphasized that all the strikes of the Russian aviation were carried out only against the targets, which had been surveyed and confirmed beforehand.

 

Coordinates of militants’ objects in the combat area are received from the Information centre in Baghdad, the Command of the Syrian governmental troops as well as the detachments of the patriotic opposition.

 

Moreover, in order to raise the rapidity of detection of facilities of terrorist organizations as well as to improve the accuracy of their positioning, all the types of reconnaissance were enhanced on the whole territory of the Middle East region. That allows to detect new militants’ targets and engage them practically in the real-time mode.

 

According to the Syrian government, in the city of Salma (Latakia province), which had been recently liberated from terrorists, administration and law enforcement bodies have started their work, reconstruction of a telephone station and a medical center is about to be finished.

 

At the same time, strikes against illegal armed groups hiding in the mountainous areas are being continued in the Latakia province. Su-24M bombers are involved in their engagement.

 

Thus, according to the data received from representatives of the Syrian opposition, a field camp of a gang consisting of CIS citizens who had arrived from the territory of Turkey was deployed near Kinsibba settlement. After additional reconnaissance by means of UAVs, a Russian Su-24M bomber attacked the target.

 

As a result, the field camp and 17 militants were eliminated.

 

Near Jeb Ghabishah (Aleppo province), a Su-24M bomber destroyed ammunition and POL storages of the ISIS terrorists.

 

In the Vadi Kaddahat plain (Homs province), after the UAV confirmation of the data received from the Syrian governmental troops concerning a terrorists’ strong point, the object was engaged. Objective monitoring data registered destruction of two automobile vehicles with large-caliber machine guns and elimination of 10 militants.

 

Near Jabal Batra (Damascus province), a Su-24M bomber engaged a fuel station and a POL storage of the Jaysh al-Islam illegal armed grouping. The direct hit destroyed the facility.

 

Eight artillery weapons and a heavy truck carrying munitions were destroyed during an attack on terrorists’ artillery positions near Khirbet Khanan (Hama province).

 

Near Khirbet Ghazaleh (Daraa province), field commanders of illegal armed groups attempted to regroup the forces at disposal in order to prepare a counterattack against the governmental troops using automobile vehicles fitted with large-caliber machine guns.

 

The detected concentrations of terrorists’ manpower and hardware were engaged by the aircraft of the Russian air group in Syria. As a result, 17 SUVs and over 50 militants were eliminated.

 

Near Rijm al-Ammala (Raqqah province), a Su-34 bomber attacked a mini-oil refinery of terrorists. Objective monitoring data confirmed elimination of the object by a direct hit.

 

Counter-oil-trafficking activities of the Russian Aerospace Forces caused reduction of terrorists’ combat capability. Last week, the ISIS leadership reduced payments for militants by one third because of significant financial loss from oil-trafficking to Turkey that caused difficulties in enlisting people from abroad.

 

Ministry of Defence

 

 

 

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