04:58 GMT20 January 2021
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    Russia Versus ISIL in Syria (618)

    Russian jets have carried out 64 sorties hitting 63 ISIL targets in Syria's provinces of Hama, Latakia, Idlib, Raqqa over the past 24 hours, the Russian Defense Ministry said Sunday.

    "Su-34, Su-24M and Su-25SM jets carried out 64 sorties from the Khmeimim airbase on 63 targets in the provinces of Hama, Latakia, Idlib and Raqqa," the Russian Defense Ministry's spokesman said.

    Russian aviation destroyed 53 ISIL strongholds, 1 command center, 4 training camps and 7 ammunition depots, as well as an artillery and a mortar battery in Syria, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said at a briefing.

    Russian Su-24M jets have destoyed ISIL field headquaters in Salma that had been coordinating terrorists' actions in Latakia, Konashenkov added.

    "As a result of a KAB-500 guided bomb direct hit the building, where the leaders of the terrorists had been hiding, was completely destroyed."

    Konashenkov added that five ISIL terrain vehicles equipped with ZU-23 anti-aircraft twin-barreled autocannons have been also destroyed by the same strike.

    Moreover, Su-25SM hit ISIL's training camp in the area of Khirbat al-Arus village in mountain woodland area of the Idlib province.

    "Su-25SM attackers hit the target with high-explosive bombs. The terrorists’ base was destroyed."

    Russian Aerospace Forces have destoyed ISIL facilities, ammunition and procurement depots; it also hit a jihadists' battery consisting of 6 vehicles equipped with mortars in the Latakia province over the past 24 hours.

    "A Su-24M bomber struck the well-camouflaged positions, where the terrain vehicles equipped with mortars were located. As a result of the airstrike, a mobile mortar battery of six vehicles has been destroyed."

    Su-25SM attackers hit ISIL stronghold in the Hama province, which was detected by means of air reconnaissance in vicinity of Achan. "Fortifications, ammunition and materiel storages of the terrorists were liquidated by the direct hit."

    Intelligence data shows growing panic among Islamic State militants, he said.

    Russia has intercepted ISIL militants' calls for reinforcement from Raqqa as well as shipments of weapons as their arms and ammunition have been destroyed during Russian airstrikes in Syria.

    "Leaders of the armed groups are requesting immediate replenishment of armament and munitions, which were destroyed by the Russian aviation, and reinforcement projecting from Raqqa province in order to keep the occupied positions."

    The fortifications created by ISIL militants in Syria indicate that they had been made by well-trained terrorists, according to a statement published on the website of the Defense Ministry.

    "They are not citizens who took up arms yesterday, but well-trained professional terrorists for whom war is the main source of income," the statement read.

    Konashenkov said that Russian experts noted progress in the talks on the safety of aviation flights in Syria's airspace between the Russian Defense Ministry and Pentagon.

    Russia’s Sukhoi Su-25, Su-24M and Su-34 attack aircraft, with the support of Su-30 jets, commenced precision airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria on September 30, following a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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