"From January 22 to January 24, the aircraft from the air group deployed in Syria caried out 169 combat sorties hitting a total of 484 terrorist targets," Lt. Gen. Sergey Rudskoy, chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, told reporters.
#SYRIA According to Syrian patriotic opposition and Baghdad Info Center,up to 2000 militants with armored vehicles deployed near Deir ez-Zor— Минобороны России (@mod_russia) 25 января 2016
"In order to provide support to the full-scale offensive of the Syrian Arab Army and patriotic opposition forces, on January 22 the Russian Aerospace Forces began commencing massed airstrikes against terrorist assets in Syria. About 70-100 sorties are being conducted every day," he said.
Russian Tu-22M3 Backfire strategic bombers carried out 18 combat sorties against terrorist targets in the last three days, the Russian General Staff said Monday.
"Russian Tu-22M3 long-range bombers carried out 18 sorties against Daesh forces deployed in the vicinity of Deir ez-Zor from January 22 until January 24," Rudskoy said.
Dozens of Daesh terrorists were killed and many more wounded after the Syrian army and the National Defense Forces (NDF) foiled a spate of militants' attempts to seize hilltops overlooking a riverside area of the strategic town of Baqaliyeh, located in the eastern province of Deir ez-Zor.