Mr Putin listened via videoconference to reports from Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and the commanders of units taking part in the operation.
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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Shoigu, comrades, good afternoon,
Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu: Good afternoon, Mr President.
Comrade Commander-in-Chief, I propose that we hear first from the commanders of the units taking part in this operation, as well as from the head of the aviation group in Syria, and then I will report personally on the main results of these last four days’ operations.
Vladimir Putin: Good, let’s start work. Go ahead.
Sergei Shoigu: Lieutenant Colonel Kapsha, Engels Air Base.
Vladimir Putin: Go ahead.
Air Squadron Commander Lieutenant Colonel Trofim Kapsha: Comrade Commander-in-Chief,
This is Air Squadron Commander Lieutenant Colonel Kapsha reporting. In accordance with your decision of November 17, our Tu-95MS and Tu-160 strategic bombers, based at Engels Air Base, have carried out their mission to strike Islamic State targets in Syria.
From two to five sorties are made each day, and the strategic bombers have spent a total of more than 200 hours in the air. Today, two Tu-160 bombers took off from Olenya Air Base, refuelled in mid-air, flew 9,500 kilometres, and launched strikes using precision-guided cruise missiles against terrorist targets from the Mediterranean Sea area. Their route crossed the Barents and Norwegian seas and the Strait of Gibraltar. After carrying out the strikes, the strategic bombers returned to their base. Their total flight time was 16 hours and 20 minutes.
Mr President, the well-coordinated work by the Tu-160 and Tu-195MS crews, aviation engineers and technicians, and ground services enabled us to carry out the set missions. We are ready for new missions from the commanders.
This ends my report.
Vladimir Putin: Thank you.
Please go ahead, Mr Alesenko.
Guards Aviation Group Commander Colonel Vladimir Alesenko: Comrade Commander-in-Chief,
This is Guards Aviation Group Commander Colonel Vladimir Alesenko reporting. Over these last four days, operating from Mozdok Air Base, our reinforced squadron of Tu-22M3 strategic bombers has carried out group air strikes against Islamic State terrorist organisation targets in the provinces of Deir ez-Zor and Raqqa. The targets are more than 2,000 kilometres from the air base. Each combat flight lasts more than five hours. The crews make two flights a day, one of which is a night flight. The strikes have destroyed the terrorists’ forces and equipment in the places where they are concentrated, command centres and munitions and arms depots, workshops manufacturing arms and munitions, and infrastructure sites. The aviation group has made 72 flights and launched strikes against 42 targets.
Mr President, the aviation group has carried out its set missions. Now, having fulfilled their combat missions, the 12 Tu-22M3 strategic bombers have returned to their base, where they are being prepared for the next tasks.
This ends my report.
Vladimir Putin: Thank you.
Please, a word on the work directly in the Syrian Arab Republic itself.
Commander of the Russian Aviation Group Major General Alexander Maksimtsev: Comrade Commander-in-Chief,
This is commander of the Russian Aviation Group Major General Maksimtsev reporting.
Since November 17, the aviation group has completed 294 combat flights as part of the air operations plan in the Syrian Arab Republic; we made 731 strikes on armed gangs’ facilities in the provinces of Aleppo, Idlib and in the Palmyra area.
In addition, the aviation group was reinforced with eight Su-34 strike fighters and a squad of Su-27SM3 fighters that were fulfilling the task of striking facilities in the provinces of Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor. We are actively carrying out reconnaissance missions of all types to make sure that we hit and destroy terrorist facilities on Syrian territory. To provide target detection and monitor aviation strikes and reconnaissance, we are using modern unmanned aerial vehicles.
During the major aviation strikes, we destroyed oil and gas infrastructure facilities, command centres, munitions depots, terrorist training camps, and bomb and missile production plants. This allowed us to disrupt the management and greatly undermine the terrorist organisations’ economic potential. The air operation helped intensify the offensive of the Syrian government forces in all areas, with particular success in the Aleppo region and the mountainous area in the province of Latakia.
Russian strike aircraft continue to conduct massive air strikes. No personnel or aircraft losses reported. Staff morale is high.
This ends my report.
Vladimir Putin: Thank you.
Please Mr Shoigu, could you say something in conclusion?
Sergei Shoigu: Comrade Commander-in-Chief, I will report on the main results of our four days of work.
In accordance with your instructions, the Armed Forces carried out the “Retaliation” operation to destroy the heads of terrorist organisations and their supporters, disorganise control and logistics systems, and destroy ISIS military and oil-and-gas infrastructure facilities. With this goal in mind, the aviation group composition doubled to 69 aircraft. 143 air missions are conducted daily.
The marine group has ten ships, six of which are in the Mediterranean Sea. On November 20, the Caspian Flotilla launched 18 cruise missiles at seven targets in the Raqqa, Idlib and Aleppo provinces. All targets were hit.
In total, strategic and tactical aircraft conducted 522 air missions during the air operation. We have completed the launch of 101 air- and sea-launched cruise missiles and dropped 1,400 tonnes of various bombs..
In total, 826 enemy targets have been hit. The main efforts have been focused on undermining ISIS’s financial and economic foundation. Fifteen oil storage and processing facilities, as well as 525 tankers, have been hit. We have blocked supply of 60,000 tonnes of oil per day to the black market, and the terrorists are losing $1.5 million daily.
Meanwhile, we are continuing elimination of terrorist groups and their leaders. We have destroyed 23 militant training bases, 19 arms and explosives production plants, 47 warehouses with ammunition and material supplies, and other facilities. This allows for the successful operation of Syrian government troops in the areas of Aleppo, Idlib and the mountainous parts of Latakia, as well as Palmyra. According to objective control data, the number of terrorists arriving in Syria has decreased and the number of militants fleeing war zones in the north and southwest has increased.
The terrorist groups have suffered significant losses. As a result of cruise missile strikes, one facility in the Deir ez-Zor region alone resulted in the elimination of over 600 militants. Overall, during the air campaign, cruise missile strikes were made from the waters of the Mediterranean and Caspian seas at a distance of up to 1,500 kilometres. Aviation was used from air bases in Russia and Syria. Twenty-nine long-range and bomber aircraft made strikes from the Caspian Sea. The distance of Tu-160 planes in combat missions from the Mediterranean Sea was over 13,000 kilometres.
Comrade Commander-in-Chief, in accordance with your instructions, we have begun organising cooperation with France’s armed forces. All the goals you set have been fulfilled. The Armed Forces have moved into the next phase of operations.
This ends my report.
Vladimir Putin: Comrades,
You have accomplished a considerable amount of work over these last few days of combat operations. We have big teams in industry and in the country’s military organisation working to ensure you reach your set objectives. We have put into motion all the components involved in carrying out tasks of this kind. The tasks are being carried out well and with good results.
I want to thank you all, but I note that this is not yet enough to cleanse Syria of terrorists and fighters and protect Russia from possible terrorist attacks. We still have much work ahead. I hope that the next stages of this operation will be carried out just as professionally, to the same quality standards, and will produce the hoped-for results.
I ask the Chief of the General Staff and the Defence Minister to keep me regularly updated on your missions. Good luck to you all!
Russian Minister of Defence reported to the Supreme Commander-in-Chief on the results of the air operation in Syria
Armed Forces are conducting retaliatory operation aimed at elimination of leaders of terrorist organizations and their allies, disruption of control and supply systems, as well as destruction of the ISIS military and oil&gas production facilities. For that purpose, the number of aircraft in the air group was doubled and constitutes 69 aircraft.
Every day 143 combat sorties are performed.
Naval grouping consists of 10 ships, among them 6 – in the Mediterranean Sea. On November 20, the ships of the Caspian flotilla performed launches of 18 cruise missiles against 7 targets in the Raqqah, Idlib and Aleppo provinces. All the aims were hit.
In total, in the course of the air operation, aircraft of the strategic and tactical aviation have performed 522 sorties, 101 air- and sea-based cruise missiles were launched, 1400 tons of air bombs of different purpose were dropped. In total, 826 enemy objects were destroyed.
Main efforts were concentrated on undermining finance and economic basis of the ISIS. 15 facilities used for oil storage and processing as well as 525 tank trucks were destroyed.
60 000 tons of oil were prevented from delivering to the black market every 24 hours, terrorists lost the opportunity to receive 1,5 million dollars daily.
At the same time elimination of illegal armed groups and their leaders is continued.
23 training bases of militants, 19 plants used for production of armament and explosives, 47 ammunition and materiel depots as well as other facilities were destroyed. That ensures the successful actions of the Syrian governmental forces in the areas of Aleppo, Idlib, mountainous Latakia and Palmyra.
According to the objective monitoring data, the number of terrorists arriving in Syria is reducing while the flows of militants leaving the combat areas in the north and south-west directions are growing.
Illegal armed groups are suffering significant losses. Over 600 militants were killed by a cruise missile strike made against one of facilities near Deir ez-Zor.
In the course of the air operation, cruise missile strikes were conducted from the water zones of the Mediterranean and Caspian Seas at the distances of up to 1500 km; aviation was used from airfields located in Russia and Syria.
29 aircraft of long-range and bomber aviation made strikes from the zone of the Caspian Sea.
The range of flights of the Tu-160’s during the task performance from the water zone of the Mediterranean Sea constituted over 13 000 km.
In accordance with the orders of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief, organization of cooperation with the French Armed Forces is started.
All the assigned missions were accomplished. The Armed Forces have passed to the next stage of the operation.
Four civilians killed, four injured in terrorist attacks in Aleppo and Damascus
20 November، 2015
Two civilians were killed and four others were injured in terrorist rocket and mortar attacks in Aleppo and Damascus Friday.
In the northern province of Aleppo, two civilians were killed and three others were injured in terrorist rocket attack on al-Jamiliyeh neighborhood in Aleppo city.
A source at Aleppo Police Command told SANA reporter on Friday that terrorists positioned in Bani Zaid neighborhood, targeted al-Jamiliyeh with rocket shells, claiming the lives of two people and injuring three others, some of them in serious condition.
The shells destroyed a number of cars and caused material damage to private and public properties.
Two civilians killed, another injured in Damascus
In Damascus, terrorist groups launched a mortar shell on al-Salihyeh, claiming the life of a civilian and causing material damage in the targeted area.
Terrorists of the so called “Jaish al-Islam” targeted Bab Touma residential neighborhood with a mortar shell injuring a civilian.
A source at the Interior Ministry told SANA that a mortar shell fired by terrorists from the Eastern Ghouta targeting a street in Bab Touma, injuring a civilian and causing material damage to the parked cars in the area.
Terrorists also targeted al-Dweila neighborhood with two mortar shells, killing a civilian and causing damage to private properties in the area.
Earlier Thursday, five civilians were killed, tens were injured in terrorist organizations’ attacks against a number of residential areas in Jaramana and Damascus.
Syrian Air Force destroys 447 terrorist targets in 5 days
20 November، 2015
A Syrian Arab Army spokesman said the Syrian Air Force carried out 114 sorties targeting 447 terrorist targets and destroyed them in Damascus Countryside, Homs, Hama, Idleb, Aleppo, Deir Ezzor, and Lattakia provinces in the period between the 15th and 20th of November.
In a statement on Friday, the spokesman said that the following terrorist targets were among the ones destroyed in the airstrikes:
-Weapons depot and 2 command centers in Douma.
-Weapons depot, mortar launchers, and heavy machineguns in Khan al-Sheih.
-Convoy of vehicles, ammo depots, heavy artillery, and mortar launchers in Be’r al-Qasab, Marj al-Sultan, and Harasta.
-2 bases and a number of vehicles in Saraqeb.
-3 command centers, 4 weapon and ammo depots, convoy of vehicles includes ones with machineguns in al-Qaryatain, Maheen, Hosh Abu Faraj, and al-Shendakhiye al-Janoubiye.
-Command center, 13 assorted vehicles, and 3 plants for manufacturing explosives in al-Hweiqa.
The spokesman went on to say that Army and Armed Forces units operating in Daraa province directed devastating strikes at bases and concentrations of terrorists in Daraa al-Balad area, in addition to destroying 3 artillery nests and two vehicles, one of them equipped with a machinegun, north of Atman, an Ghizlan farm, and al-Karak al-Sharqi.
In Sweida province, the army destroyed a concentration of vehicles used by terrorists east of Sha’af hill, and assorted vehicles and tankers in Mashbak al-Wedyan, and one car equipped with heavy machinegun in the surroundings of al-Thu’la airport, in addition to eliminating a number of terrorists in al-Qasr village, Ghbeib valley, Khirbet Sa’ad, and Khirbet Samir.
The spokesman went on to say that army units continue to advance towards Maheen in Homs province after establishing control over al-Hadath village, eliminating many ISIS terrorists, and destroying their concentrations and bases in al-Bayarat, Maheen, Hawarin, al-Qaryatain, al-Mshairfeh, Oum Sehreej, Jawalak, Talbiseh, and Teirmaala.
Meanwhile in Aleppo, army units continued to advance and established control over the Icarda farms, Rasm al-Aboud village, and the train station in Sheikh Ahmad village, in addition to eliminating an entire terrorist group from the “Islamic Freedom brigade” along with their leader in the province’s southwestern countryside, according to the spokesman.
Also in Aleppo city and its countryside, army units targeted with precision and concentrated strikes terrorists’ concentrations and gatherings in the areas of al-Ramousa, al-Ameriye, al-Sheikh Saeed, Bustan al-Basha, Maisaloun, Bani Zeid, the surroundings of Bashkoi, Dwair al-Zeitoun, Siqat, Deir Hafer, west of al-Nairab, Kafr Hamra, the surroundings of Msaibin hill, the surroundings of al-Zarbeh, Maskana, and al-Huwaiz, in addition to destroying 20 vehicles along with the terrorists on board between Ratian and Bashkoi.
Moving on to the northern countryside of Lattakia province, the spokesman said that the army, assisted by popular defense groups, continues to advance after establishing control voer the areas of Deir Hanna, Ghamam pumps, Beit Ayash, al-Shmaisa, al-Zbek mountain, Mousa mountain, Saqr mountain al-Sendyan mountain, al-Jalila mountain Wadi hill, Qartab, al-Raqraqiye, al-Daghmashiye, al-Zweik, and points 482, 803, and 1112, eliminating 60 terrorists and seizing a weapons and munitions depot along with assorted vehicles.
He went on to say that army units also established control over Beit Abu Risheh, Ketf al-Sa’our, a number of vantage points in Ruwaiset Eskandar, height 1149, Zweiqat mountain, and Zahiye mountain after inflicting heavy losses on terrorists, destroying a number of their machinegun-equipped vehicles, and seizing weapons and munitions.
In the eastern region, the spokesman said that the forces defending Deir Ezzor Airport are still repelling attempted attacks by ISIS, eliminating dozens of the terrorist organizaiton’s members and destroying their weapons and vehicles, adding that an army unit destroyed a tunnel used by terrorists in al-Sina’a area and target terrorist concentration in Tal al-Krouma east of the airport.
He concluded by thanking Russia for its active assistance in combating terrorism, stating that evidence shows that Russian airstrikes inflicted heavy losses upon the terrorists’ centers of command and their financial and logistic institutions, thus playing a decisive role in the victories achieved by the Syrian Arab Army.
The spokesman asserted that the Army and Armed Forces will continue fighting terrorist organizations and hunting down their remnants wherever they are found across the country until the army fulfills its national duty of eliminating terrorism and restoring safety and stability to the entirety of Syria.
Army eliminates dozens of terrorists in many provinces
20 November، 2015
Army units on Friday continued operations in a number of provinces, killing and injuring dozens of ISIS and Jabhet al-Nusra terrorists and obliterating their hideouts and weaponry.
The Syrian Air Force carried out a series of airstrikes on concentrations of ISIS terrorists in Hatla and al-Marya’ia villages in Deir Ezzor province, destroying a number of vehicles and bases for the terrorists along with the weapons and ammo inside them, a military source told SANA.
Sources on the ground stated that an army unit destroyed a convoy consisting of eight machinegun-equipped vehicles and a fuel tanker used by ISIS in al-Husseiniye village north of Deir Ezzor city.
Meanwhile, scores of ISIS terrorists were killed in the province’s countryside and in the surroundings of Deir Ezzor Military Airport, including a Saudi known as Abu Omar al-Chami, Mahmoud al-Saleh, Khedr al-Nasser, Ibrahim al-Jaafar, Saleh al-Abbas, Ibrahim al-Khaled, Sattam al-Ismael, Imad Hamdan, and Misha’l al-Mousa, the latter being an accounting officer in the terrorist organization.
Earlier on Thursday, army units killed numbers of ISIS terrorists to the east of Deir Ezzor military airport, al-Mrei’iyeh, Hweijet al-Mrei’iyeh and around the gas pipeline and al-Taim field to the east and southeast of Deir Ezzor city.
An army unit killed 25 ISIS terrorists in the vicinity of al-Tharda Mountain and destroyed a vehicle equipped with a Dushka machinegun and a 23 mm cannon mounted on a vehicle in southeastern Deir Ezzor.
In al-Jafra village, located on the right bank of the Euphrates river, an army unit thwarted an infiltration attempt by ISIS terrorists and killed five of them.
Four ISIS terrorists were killed as an army unit targeted their hideouts in al-Ummal neighborhood, while a number of others were killed in al-Hweiqeh neighborhood.
The Syrian Air Force carried out sorties targeting positions of terrorists from “Jaish al-Fateh” (Conquest Army) terrorist organization in al-Tamani’a, al-Latamneh, and Atshan in Idleb and Hama province.
A military source told SANA that the sorties resulted in destroying terrorists’ bases along with the weapons, munitions, and military equipment inside them.
Meanwhile, sources on the ground said that at least 35 terrorists from Jaish al-Fateh were killed in Idleb countryside in operations by the Syrian Arab Army.
The sources said that an army unit killed carried out a special operation which resulted in the death of at least seven terrorists at the southeastern side of Deir Sonbol village south of Idleb city, while Mohamad Mashrout, who was one of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization’s leaders, was killed along with a number of his underlings during a special operation by the army which targeted positions at the western side of Ma’aret al-Nu’man city in the province.
Sources confirmed that a leader in the terrorist organization known as “Jabhat Thewar Sarqeb” called Rafa’at Abdulrazzaq Hammoud was killed along with three of his companions when an explosive device went off in the surroundings of Sarqeb city.
The sources also said that at least 23 terrorists were killed during army operations targeting Jabhat al-Nusra bases and positions in the town of Ehsem and the countryside of Ma’aret al-Nu’man, which also resulted in destroying four bases along with the weapons and ammo inside them.
Army units in cooperation with national defense groups established control over al-Zweqat and Zahya mounts and the surrounding areas in Lattakia’s northern countryside.
Meanwhile, the Syrian army air force targeted terrorists’ hideouts and concentrations in Dweir al-Akrad, al-Sheikh Yousef, Jabal al-Katf and Jabal Abu Hiddo.
Scores of terrorists, including of Jabhet al-Nusra, were killed in the process and their hideouts and fortifications were destroyed.
Army units ambushed terrorist groups in northern countryside Daraa Province, killing and injuring 15 of them.
Field sources told SANA that the army ambushed Jabhet al-Nusra terrorists on al-Sheikh Miskeen-Enkhel road, killing and injuring 15 of them and destroying a number of their vehicles.
Meanwhile, terrorist groups acknowledged on their social media pages that a number of terrorists, including Ahed Mohammad al-Hawamda- leader of the so-called “al-Khulafa al-Rashideen Battalion” terrorist group, were killed in al-Sheikh Miskeen area.
The army also destroyed a terrorists’ vehicle in al-Abassyeh neighborhood in Daraa al-Balad, and killed and injured a number of terrorists.
A Syrian Arab Army unit carried out concentrated strikes on hideouts of ISIS terrorists in the villages of Shamer and al-Bab city north of Aleppo city, destroying them along with the terrorists, weapons, and munitions inside them, a military source told SANA.
The source said the Syrian Air Force carried out sorties targeting movements and positions of ISIS terrorists in the villages of Rasm al-Abd, Najara, and Deir Hafer east of Kwairis Airport, destroying a number of machinegun-equipped vehicles and military equipment.
Army units eliminated a number of terrorists in the villages of Abu Jaloul, Jub al-Kaf, and Tibeh, while another unit eliminated terrorist hotspots in a series of precision strikes in Bani Zeid neighborhood in Aleppo city.
Sources on the ground told SANA that 10 terrorists from “the global union of Ajnad al-Cham” terrorist group were killed and others were injured when an armored vehicle they were rigging with explosives exploded near al-Alamiya gas station on the Aleppo-Idleb road.
The Syrian Air Force carried out sorties targeting positions and movements of ISIS terrorists east of Maheen town, in the surroundings of Hawarin, and in al-Qaryatain city in Homs province, destroying a number of ISIS’ bases and vehicles along with the weapons, munitions, and equipment inside them, a military source told SANA.
In the province’s northern countryside, army units carried out operations targeting concentrations of terrorist groups affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations east of al-Ameriye village and al-Rastan hill, killing a number of terrorists and injuring others, according to the source.
The source also said that the army destroyed a machinegun-equipped vehicle used by terrorists in Hosh al-Hazruri near the town of Talbiseh north of Homs city.