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Defense Ministry Releases Video of Bombers Pounding Daesh Positions (VIDEO)

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The Russian Defense Ministry has released fresh footage from its combat operation in Syria, publishing a video showing combat sorties of Tu-22M3 long-range bombers against terrorist targets.

The video, released Monday on the Defense Ministry's official YouTube channel, appeared on the heels of a General Staff briefing earlier in the day.

At the briefing, ​Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy, the Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff, told reporters that between "January 22 to January 24, the aircraft from the air group deployed in Syria carried out 169 combat sorties hitting a total of 484 terrorist targets."

"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 added.

For their part, the Tu-22M3 Backfire strategic bombers featured in the video carried out a total of 18 combat sorties against terrorist targets in the vicinity of Deir ez-Zor in eastern Syria over the past three days.

Russian Su-34 fighter-bomber aircraft carries out a strike against Daesh forces in Syria.
© Photo: Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation
Rudskoy explained that, having lost the initiative in western Syria, Daesh has apparently decided to focus its efforts on capturing Deir ez-Zor, a city under siege by the terrorists.

Earlier Monday, the Syrian army reported that scores of Daesh militants had been killed, and many more wounded over the weekend after the Syrian Army and the National Defense Forces (NDF) foiled a spate of attacks aimed at seizing hilltops overlooking a riverside area of the strategic town of Baqaliyeh, in Deir ez-Zor province.

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  • Nice to see some effective bombings.
  • Russia is doing it smart and on the cheap. Why drop $100.000 precision guided weapons on a secondhand Toyota pickup truck when a $1000 dumb bomb does the same thing.

    Go Russia Go you are doing a "bang up job" :)
  • These are the happy times for Russian pilots. Accumulating a lot of logged flying hours.
  • Blackie
    Well I think they should have bombed them( plus US specialists on the ground in Syria) into oblivion by now. Too slow .
  • Blackiein reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    siberianhusky,
    When are the Russians going to shoot down an invader Turk plane?, as they promised! .
  • in reply toBlackie(Show commentHide comment)
    Blackie, I guess there's nothing scarier than a russian who said something and didn't do anything yet.
  • Andreas Koppa
    Beautiful planes are good planes.
  • STOP killary !!
    We need to see the twin rotor KA2 helicopter gunships in operation, to make the Apache crowd green with envy.
  • peaceactivist2
    Such big fighter net, yet, so little bombs. Each bomb look real small and thin skin. Those rats are buried deep in the tunnels and building. Those bombs don't look like having enough power to destruct anything but above ground fire and smoke.
  • Mother Gorillain reply toBlackie(Show commentHide comment)
    Blackie, even Henry Kissinger doubted that Israel and the West would ever be able to defeat Syria. He wrote in his books that they were ferocious fighters.
  • Mother Gorillain reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    Jet fuel can't melt steel beams, why should they do the West's dirty work to the finish?
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