"All the aircraft of the Russian combat group in the Syrian Arab Republic returned to the Hmeymim base after completing their mission", Russian Defense Ministry spokesman General-Major Igor Konashenkov said during a briefing.
Earlier today, the Turkish General Staff said Turkey shot down an unidentified drone in its airspace near the border with Syria. Turkish media have released several photos of the drone.
TSK: HAVA ARACI DÜŞÜRÜLDÜ DÜŞÜRÜLDÜĞÜ AÇIKLANAN İNSANSIZ HAVA ARACI KİLİS YAKINLARINA DÜŞTÜ İşte ilk görüntü... pic.twitter.com/qmL31zdZGN— Habertürk TV (@HaberturkTV) 16 октября 2015
Russia started precision airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria on September 30, following a request from Syria's internationally recognized government. The Russian airstrikes hit targets that are chosen based on intelligence collected by Russia, Syria, Iraq and Iran.