The Russian Aerospace Force and the Turkish Air Force on Thursday held a joint operation against units of the Islamic State terrorist grouping near the township of Al-Bab, Syria’s Aleppo Governorate, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

 

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“On January 26, 2017, the Russian Aerospace Force and the Turkish Air Forces conducted one more air operation to incapacitate the Islamic State grouping in the area of Al-Bab, Aleppo Governorate,” a spokesperson for the ministry said.

 

“The operations was authorized by the Syrian government,” he said. “Russia committed Sukhoi-24M frontline bombers and Sukhoi-35S fighter jets, while Turkey committed F-16 and F-16 multirole fighters.”

 

The strikes destroyed three command points and communications centers, as well as several fortified strongpoints of the militants.