“Over the last week from February 4-11, Russian aircraft in the Syrian Arab Republic have completed 510 sorties, during which airstrikes were carried out against 1,888 terrorist facilities in the provinces of Aleppo, Latakia, Hama, Deir ez-Zor, Deraa, Homs, Hasakah, and Raqqa,” Konashenkov told journalists.
#SYRIA #FOOTAGE Aviation strike eliminated militants' strong point in the #Latakia province https://t.co/tCV6GVFTXGhttps://t.co/Kl6qMxnFm0— Минобороны России (@mod_russia) 11 февраля 2016
Russian military jets have killed two influential terrorist field commanders in the Syrian province of Aleppo, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj.-Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Thursday.
"As a result of airstrikes by Russian Aerospace Forces airplanes, terrorists suffered a heavy loss. Two influential field commanders were killed in the province of Aleppo," Konashenkov told journalists.
#SYRIA Field commander “Abu Anas Al-Sham” from Jaysh al-Sham terrorist group was liquidated in #ALEPPO— Минобороны России (@mod_russia) 11 февраля 2016
In particular Konashenkov stressed that a key stronghold in the area of Kalaz-Tahtani has been destroyed together with the terrorists' leader — Abu Mager, also known as Farid al-Misri. The ministry's spokesman also added that another dangerous terrorist commander was eliminated in Aleppo as well.
#SYRIA Near Kalaz-Tahtani, a large illegal armed group with its commander, “Abu Maher” (“Farid Al-Misri”) was eliminated by an airstrike— Минобороны России (@mod_russia) 11 февраля 2016
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Russian Su-25 attack aircraft destroyed 9 ammunition trucks in Latakia, killing 40 terrorists:
“Su-25 attack jets discovered three motorcades with equipment and arms for militants along the Karyatein-Homs road. An airstrike was carried out against the terrorists’ grouping of equipment. After final reconnaissance was finished, nine large trucks with weapons caches, two armored vehicles, and over 40 militants were destroyed.”
Konashenkov also noted that the terrorists in Aleppo are deserting "massively."
#SYRIA Near #ALEPPO, desertion is registered in militants' units: terrorists are frightening civilians & making them go to Turkish border— Минобороны России (@mod_russia) 11 февраля 2016
"The terrorists are marching people towards the Turkish border, so that later they may hide among the locals. The terrorists put down their weapons and try to dissolve in the crowd — they know that Russian warplanes and the Syrian Army would never strike civilians," Konashenkov said.
The Russian Defense Ministry also stated that many Syrian opposition groups have started to share intelligence with Russia and the Syrian Army:
"The cooperation with the Syrian opposition groups has been very fruitful so far. Lots of them are shifting towards the Syrian government."
Russia has been launching airstrikes against Daesh targets in Syria at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad since late September 2015. A US-led international coalition has been launching airstrikes against Daesh in Syria since September 2014, without the approval of Damascus or the United Nations.