Syria in the Last 24 Hours

During the last 24 hours, aircraft of the Russian air group continued airstrikes against ISIS infrastructures in Syria

In the course of 24 hours, on October 16, aircraft of the Russian Air Force made airstrikes on command centres, workshops manufacturing munitions as well as firing artillery positions, depots with armament, ammunition and reserves of military equipment of the ISIS terrorist organization.

Russian aviation performed 36 combat sorties from the Hmeymim airbase engaging 49 ISIS facilities in the Hama, Idlib, Lattakia, Damascus and Aleppo provinces.

The strikes of the Russian aviation resulted in elimination of the following targets:

11 command and control centres of illegal armed groups;

a plant manufacturing improvised explosive devices;

3 firing artillery positions of militants;

9 depots with ammunition and armament;

2 bases of combat vehicles;

15 field camps and terrorist bases;

8 fortified areas and defensive positions.

Near Salma (Lattakia province), a Su-24M bomber engaged a single building with a training base of terrorists. According to the reconnaissance data, in the building, foreign instructors prepared ISIS militants for sabotage war against the districts liberated by the Syrian army, as well as suicide bombers. Along with engineer training, the terrorists were taught to legalize among the civilians and refugees. The building also contained a workshop for production of improvised explosive devices. The direct hit of an air bomb resulted in total destruction of the building.

Near Talbiseh (Homs province) a large terrorist ammunitions depot was eliminated. The hit was made at the moment when a new batch of mortar mines and munitions as well as small arms was being delivered to the object. After the strike, the detonation of ammunition started. According to objective monitoring data confirmed destruction of 3 heavy trucks at the object.

In the suburbs of Damascus, Su-24M aircraft destroyed two ammunition depots and a workshop manufacturing improvised explosive devices for the ISIS terrorists. Precision strikes completely destroyed the objects.

Near Khan Al-Asal (Aleppo province), Su-25 attack aircraft engaged militants’ base destroying terrorist shelters as well as concentration of tanks and armoured vehicles. According to the objective monitoring data, two tanks and five infantry fighting vehicles of the ISIS militants were destroyed.

The new tactics of the militants, which include dispersing of ammunition depots and command centres, remain unsuccessful. All the newly-made ISIS infrastructural facilities are being detected by the Russian means of reconnaissance are immediately destroyed. It is to be mentioned that significant assistance is rendered by the inhabitants of those areas, which are temporarily under militants’ control. They inform the Syrian intelligence about the terrorist activities.

After receiving such information, the Command of the Russian air group checks it and makes the decision concerning the engagement of the facilities.

Thus, near Marj al-Sultan, Su-24M bomber engaged a command centre of the “Faylak Omar” illegal armed group. According to the Syrian intelligence, the militants, who formed part of the group, were responsible for a number of terrorist attacks in the Homs and Damascus provinces.

The strike resulted in destruction of the building.

After the task performance, all the Russian aircraft returned to the Hmeymim airfield. It is to be emphasized that the Russian unmanned aerial vehicles continue situation monitoring in the sky over Syria.

Pinpoint strike with BETAB-500 concrete-piercing air bombs on a bunker of ISIS terrorists in the Lattakia province.

Precision strike with a KAB-500 air bomb against a militants’ command centre in the Idlib province.