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    Russian precision airstrikes on Islamic State munition depots, armored vehicles and command posts have created panic among the militants, according to the Russian Defense Ministry's spokesman.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Precision airstrikes delivered by Russian aircraft deployed in Syria on Tuesday wrecked havoc and created panic among Islamic State militants, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

    "Russian precision airstrikes on Islamic State munition depots, armored vehicles and command posts have created panic among the militants," ministry's spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.

    According to Konashenkov, the Russian Su-24M, Su-25 and Su-34 strike aircraft on Tuesday destroyed:

    — Islamic State fortified positions in the Damascus and Latakia provinces;

    — Two Islamic State command posts in the Deir ez-Zor province;

    — An ammunition manufacturing plant in the Damascus province;

    — An Islamic State training camp and explosives depot in the Idlib province.

    Russian combat aircraft have been conducting precision airstrikes against Islamic State (ISIL) targets in Syria since September 30, following a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    Since the beginning of the campaign, the Russian Defense Ministry has been stressing that all the Russian aircraft are fitted with equipment allowing them to conduct "absolutely precise" airstrikes against IS throughout Syria and evade civilian casualties.


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