Russian Jets Destroy 49 Terrorist Targets in Syria

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The Russian Air Force has conducted 33 sorties hitting 49 ISIL targets in the Syria's provinces of Idlib, Latakia, Damascus, Aleppo, Hama, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday.

Russian strikes in Syria destroyed 2 terrorist command centers, 3 arms depots, 2 underground bunkers, 32 fighting positions in alpine terraine, 9 fortified firing positions and a plant producing firing platforms and reactive warheads, the Russian Defense Ministry's spokesman said.

Russian Su-24 Fencer bomber has destroyed a command center of Nusra Front terrorist group in Syria's Idlib, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

"During aerial reconnaissance in the Idlib province, Russian drones uncovered one of the command centers of Jabhat al-Nusra [Nusra Front] group. As a result of using an aerial bomb, the terrorists’ command center and two cargo vehicles carrying ZU-23 missile launchers next to it were destroyed."

Two Russian Su-25 jets have destroyed a major ISIL training camp in the Latakia province.

"Near Duwayr al-Akrad, Latakia province, two Su-25 attack aircraft conducted two successive strikes with high-explosive bombs on a large ISIL training camp detected by means of Russian reconnaissance. The strikes caused the complete destruction of the camp and all the training facilities."

In the Aleppo province, Russian combat aircraft hit an ISIL plant, which was producing home-made missiles. The plant also produced platforms to launch ramps and rockets against positions of the Syrian Armed Forces and populated areas.

"Su-25 strike in the province of Aleppo destroyed a plant producing home-made rockets. As a result of a direct strike by an aerial bomb and the detonation of explosives, the facility was completely destroyed."

Russian bombers have destroyed Islamic State terrorists’ underground reconnaissance facilities in the province of Hama.

"In the Hama province, a Su-34 bomber launched guided aerial bombs on hidden underground reconnaissance facilities with a network of exits into different parts of a populous area," Konashenkov said.

According to Konashenkov, the Islamic State is fleeing the Damascus region following Russian airstrikes.

"Pinpoint strikes by Russian jets in the province of Damascus have crucially changed the operational situation in this region. ISIL militants are suffering a severe lack of ammunition and are leaving their positions en masse."

"Last night, reconnaissance means registered retreating of several large detachments, about 100-man-strong each, in direction of Marj al-Sultan," he added.

Since September 30, Russia has been delivering airstrikes on Islamic State positions in Syria at the request of the country’s President, Bashar al-Assad.

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