Syria in the Last 24 Hours

Syria in the Last 24 Hours – Counter terrorism Ops Continue, Russia Responds
to Turkish Attack
Syria in the Last 24 Hours – Turkish Air force Shoots Down Russian Bomber Over Syria


Russian Defence Ministry summed up results of Russian Aerospace Forces activity in Syria on November 23-26

Вuring the night of November 24-25, the mission on rescuing the pilot the Russian Su-24 bomber downed by a Turkish fighter aircraft over the territory of Syria continued for 12 hours.

All details of the operation cannot be disclosed due to obvious reasons. However, it should be emphasized that along with the Russian search-and-rescue group, militants and a number of other units equipped with special purpose locators were also conducting active search for the Russian pilot in that area.

As soon as Russian pilot was safe, Russian bombers and reactive artillery of the Syrian governmental forces have conducted massive airstrikes in the area for a long period of time. The terrorists operating in this zone and other mysterious groups were eliminated.

As a result of concentrated Russian airstrikes against militants, the Syrian governmental troops acquired full control over the mountainous areas in the northern part of the Latakia province. This completely blocked the cross-border deliveries of armaments, ammunition and materiel to the terrorists in this area.

Moreover, the Russian aviation controls all main routes, which had been used for supplying the ISIS terrorist groups with weapons, ammunition and materiel in other regions in the north of Syria.

Yesterday the Russian military attaché in Turkey visited the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces to receive recordings of the alleged radio talks between the crew of the Turkish F-16 fighter and the pilots of the Russian Su-24 bomber on November 23.

Russian military representative was informed that there was no possibility to hand over the materials concerning the attack of the Turkish F-16 fighter on the Russian aircraft on November 23.

Moreover, representatives of the Turkish General Staff stated that they had not published any of those materials in the media.

In that case, it is another proof that the audio recordings of the radio talks between the Turkish pilots and the Russian crew, which came up in certain media today, constitute a habitual fake. Again, they are referring to unspecified sources or other radio enthusiasts.

Messages of some foreign media concerning the alleged engagement of a column of trucks of a “humanitarian convoy” from Turkey near the border-crossing point Bab Al-Salam by the Russian aircraft are also nothing but stovepiping.

It is to be stressed that the photos and videos published in the Internet:

  • first, do not show any craters of exploded munitions;
  • second, do not feature any fragmentations, which could damage all the trucks, as a result of strikes.
  • finally, there are no remains of the mere munitions.

That is why they are advised not to pose convoys with ammunition for militants active to the north of Aleppo as “humanitarian help”.

By the way, the Turkish party had not given any notice concerning delivering of any humanitarian convoy in this area. Aside from the fact that any humanitarian convoy is specially marked.

Today, according to the earlier decision, all the active channels of cooperation between the Russian Defence Ministry and the Turkish Armed Forces have been closed. That relates to the so-called “hotline”, which had been arranged for prevention of incidents in the air during elimination of terrorist infrastructures in Syria. The official representative of the Russian Navy in Turkey on coordination of activities of the Black Sea Fleet and the Turkish Navy was recalled.

Today, in accordance with the decision of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Armed Forces, an AA missile complex S-400 was delivered, deployed and put on combat duty at the Hmeymim airbase in Syria.

The reaction of the American party on these actions is surprising. In particular, officials in the US Embassy in Moscow claimed that (quote): “the deployment of these systems will further complicate the already difficult situation in the skies over Syria”.

By the end of Tuesday, the Russian Ministry of Defence had mainly shared that opinion being sure that the Russian aircraft making strikes on the ISIS were secured from attacks of the so-called anti-ISIS coalition led by the USA.

Now the Russian Ministry of defence will ensure the safety of the aircraft of the Russian air group during actions against the terrorists of the ISIS and other terrorist groupings using more reliable methods.

It is worth to be reminded, that starting from 10:00, November 25, the Moskva Guards missile cruiser has started performing combat tasks on air defence of the Russian base having arrived in the assigned area of the Latakia shore zone.


In the course of the last three days, the Russian air group has continued conducting target reconnaissance and performing strikes on separate objects of terrorist groups active in the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic.

On November 23-26, aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces performed 134 combat sorties engaging 449 objects in the Aleppo, Damascus, Idlib, Latakia, Hama, Homs, Raqqah and Deir-ez-Zor provinces.

In the suburbs of Al-Qaryatayn (Homs province), a Su-24M bomber destroyed an ISIS underground ammunition depot. Direct hit of an OFAB-250-270 air bomb and further detonation of explosives caused complete destruction of the object.

Near Zaytan (Idlib province), a Su-25 wing carried out a strike on concentration of militants of the Jabhat al-Nusra grouping. Direct hits of air bombs eliminated a tank, two armored vehicles, and three cars equipped with mortars. The enemy suffered heavy losses in manpower.

The Russian aviation continues performing strikes on oil processing facilities located in the ISIS-controlled territories.

Thus, on November 24, a Su-34 bomber carried out strikes on columns of oil trucks, oil processing and storage objects located near oil-bearing areas in the north and east of Syria (Deir-ez-Zor and Raqqah provinces).

According to avialable data, armed groups of islamists, which had been blocked near Talbiseh and al-Rastan (Homs province), continue suffering losses caused by strikes of the Russian aviation. Militants retreated by 4-6 kilometers at the direction of Mahin, Al-Qaryatayn.

Today, using the objective monitoring data, the Russian Defence Ministry demonstrates results of strikes on terrorist facilities carried out by the Russian aviation.

S-400 AA missile system has been put on air defence combat duty at the Hmeymim airbase

Guards missile cruiser Moskva arrived to the shore zone of Latakia for air defence of the region

 Airstrike on an ISIS large oil storage facility near Raqqah

Results of an airstrike against an ISIS oil transfer centre to the south-east of Raqqah

Engagement of a fortified militants’ position near Damascus

Elimination of a militants’ oil transfer centre to the south-west of Raqqah

Strikes of the Russian aviation and multiple launch rocket systems of the Syrian governmental forces on a militants’ large fortified area (‎Latakia province)

Objective monitoring data showing the strikes of the Russian aviation on a militants’ camp in the ‎Raqqah province


Russian Defense Ministry: S-400 has been deployed in Syria
26 November، 2015
Moscow, SANA

Russian Defense Ministry announced that the Russian army has deployed the advanced S-400 anti-air system in Hmeimim airbase in Lattakia countryside.

Sputnik News Agency quoted an official source at the Ministry as saying on Thursday that S-400 system is now deployed and will operate in coordination with the Fort air defense system on the Moskva guided-missile cruiser off the coast of Lattakia.

Vladimir Kozhin, Russian presidential aide on military-technical cooperation, said the system will not be sold to Syria and will be returned to Russia once its air operation against terrorism is finished.

The S-400 is capable of intercepting all modern attack methods, including ballistic, cruise and tactical missiles and airplanes and helicopters. It has a range of 400 km and an altitude of 27 km.

The Russian Air Force started airstrikes against ISIS and terrorist targets in Syria on September 30.

Russia and Syria forces delivered massive strike at area of Russian Su-24 crash

MOSCOW, November 26. /TASS/. The military of Russia and Syria delivered massive strikes at the territory where the pilot of Russia’s Sukhoi Su-24M aircraft downed by the Turkish Air Force was rescued, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Thursday.

“As soon as our pilot was safe, Russian bombers and rocket artillery of the Syrian government forces delivered massive strikes at the mentioned area,” Konashenkov said.

“Terrorists and other mysterious groups acting in the area were destroyed,” he said.

The spokesman added that militants and other armed units equipped with advanced devices tried to hunt down the navigator of the downed Russian Sukhoi-24M jet.

“I’d like to stress that apart from our search teams, the militants and other armed units equipped with devices for bearings were actively searching for the Russian pilot [who had managed to eject – TASS],” Gen Konashenkov said.

He recalled that the operation to track down and rescue the Russian pilot on the night from November 24 to November 25 lasted more than twelve hours.

“For the reasons that are clearly understandable, we can’t disclose all the details of that operation,” Gen Konashenkov said.

The Turkish Air Force’s F-16 fighter on Tuesday shot down a Russian Sukhoi Su-24M bomber that Ankara claims violated the country’s airspace on the border with Syria. The Su-24M crew ejected but one of the two pilots was killed by fire from the ground. The second pilot was rescued as a result of a 12-hour operation. During evacuation of the Su-24M crew, a Mi-8 helicopter was lost and a contract marine was killed.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said the Su-24M was above Syrian territory and “there was no violation of Turkey’s airspace.” It said the Turkish Air Force fighter violated Syria’s airspace.

Russian warplanes attacked almost 450 targets over past 3 days

According to Konashenkov, Russian aircraft have made 134 sorties over the past three days, attacking nearly 450 targets in eight Syrian provinces.

On November 23-26, Russian Aerospace Forces’ aircraft have carried out 134 sorties at 449 facilities in the provinces of Aleppo, Damascus, Idlib, Latakia, Hama, Homs, Rakka and Deir-ez-Zor,” Konashenkov said.

After carrying out military tasks, all Russian combat aircraft safely returned to the Khmeimim airbase, he said.

The spokesman also pointed out that militants trapped near Tell Bis and Er Rastan settlements in Syria’s Homs province are suffering heavy losses under the air strikes.

“The militants have retreated to 4-6 kilometres in the direction of Mhin and al-Quariatain,” he said.

The Syrian government troops liberated the city of Mhin, 85 kilometres to the southeast of Homs, last Sunday, November 22, the Al-Watan newspaper’s electronic edition said. From there they headed for Palmyra.

A flight of Russian Sukhoi Su-25 Grach (NATO reporting name: Frogfoot) close air support aircraft has attacked militants of the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group in the Syrian province of Idlib.

“As a result of direct hits of aerial bombs, one tank, two armored vehicles and three vehicles with mortars were destroyed. The enemy sustained considerable casualties,” Konashenkov said.

Besides, he said, a Russian Sukhoi Su-24M bomber (NATO reporting name: Fencer) attacked and destroyed a semiburied ammunition depot of the Islamic State terrorist organization in Homs.

Russia’s Aerospace Forces started delivering pinpoint strikes in Syria at facilities of the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations, which are banned in Russia, on September 30, 2015, on a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The air group initially comprised over 50 aircraft and helicopters, including Sukhoi Su-24M, Su-25SM and state-of-the-art Su-34 aircraft. They were redeployed to the Khmeimim airbase in the province of Latakia.

On October 7, four missile ships of the Russian Navy’s Caspian Flotilla fired 26 Kalibr cruise missiles (NATO codename Sizzler) at militants’ facilities in Syria. On October 8, the Syrian army passed to a large-scale offensive.

In mid-November, Russia increased the number of aircraft taking part in the operation in Syria to 69 and involved strategic bombers in strikes at militants.

Military spokesman of Army: Air force destroys 673 targets for terrorists in different areas
26 November، 2015
Damascus, SANA

Military Spokesman of the Syrian Arab army said on Thursday that the air force carried out 179 sorties during the last 5 days against 673 targets for terrorist organizations in the countryside of Damascus, Homs, Hama, Idleb, Aleppo, dir Ezzor and Lattakia.

“The sorties ended up with destruction of 3 command-centers in Palmyra, al-Ameriya and Sawanah in addition to two convoys of vehicles in the surrounding of Jazal oil field, east and south of al-Bayarat in Homs countryside,” the army spokesperson said.

He added the sorties inflicted heavy losses upon Jabhat al-Nusra organization to the north of Ma’an, Kfar Zeita, Latmen, Atshan, Morek and Skeik in Hama countryside, destroying dens for terrorists in Tal Mardekh, Urom al-Jouz, East of Ariha and west of Tamana’a in Idleb countryside.

“The army’s air force raids on terrorists in Aleppo countryside led to the destruction of communication centers and vehicles in Kfar Hamra, Hayan, Tal Ahmar, Rasm al-Abd, dir Hafir, Tal Ayoub, Daret Ezzah and al-Mifelsah,” the military spokesman said.

He added that tens of vehicles were eliminated and large numbers of terrorists killed in al-Hweikah, al-Jbeileh and Jneineh in nDir Ezzor, and in al-Maranah, Jabal Zweitan and Rwesat Yacooub in Lattakia countryside.

Meanwhile, the army advanced in Harasta farms in Damascus countryside, establishing control on new building blocks and destroying a tunnel that was used by terrorists in their criminal acts, according to the spokesman.

In the southern city of Daraa, the spokesman affirmed that army units killed members of a terrorist organization to the south of Khazan al-Kark, striking gatherings of terrorists in al-Abassiya, south of court, al-Abarah and al-Naziheen camp in Daraa al-Mahata.

He added that the army also eliminated terrorists to the south-east side of Electricity Company, destroying their gatherings in al-Arbae’en, south of Syriatel in Daraa al-Balad and destroying a number of vehicles to the north of al-Bitar and al-Ghuzlan farms in Ataman and Tafas in Daraa countryside.

“In the central region, the army went ahead in its operations along Homs south-eastern said, establishing control on mountains of Mahin, Tloul Um Kadoum, Zaher al-Dukan, Jabal al-Ramiya, Mahin and Hawarin villages after killing large numbers of the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists,” the spokesman said.

He added that army units advanced in the surrounding of the Air force academy, destroying a depot to the west of al-Nayrab airport, fortified dens and centers of terrorists in Aziza, Sheikh Said, al-Amriya, al-Ramouseh, al-Shawaya hill, Khan Touman and al-Ma’adi in Aleppo.

In Lattakia northern countryside, the Spokesman affirmed that units of the army continued their successful operations on many roads, establishing control on heights 1154 and 1281 and the 5th and 6th hills to the north-west of Jub al-Ahmar, Sheikh Mohammed hill, Bor Abdullah, al-Malouha and al-Rashwan.

The military spokesman concluded by confirming the fleeing of tens of terrorists, the majority of them non-Syrians, towards the Turkish borders.

The army eliminates Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS terrorists in several areas across the country
26 November، 2015
Provinces, SANA

Units of the army and armed forces, backed by the Syrian army air force, eliminated on Thursday numbers of Jabhat al-Nusra and (ISIS) terrorist organizations’ members across the country during military operations against their hideouts and dens.

Homs

The Syrian army air force launched Wednesday night intensive airstrikes on the headquarters of ISIS terrorist organization in al-Qaryatain city in the southeastern countryside of Homs province, a military source told SANA on Thursday.

The strikes followed an accurate information and follow up opeartions for ISIS terrorists’ movements in al-Qaryatain city, to the north and the west of it, and on the sides of the Syria Badiya, 85 km southeast of Homs city.

A number of the terrorist organization’s gatherings, positions and vehicles were destroyed and many of their members were killed in the strikes.

On Wednesday, army units, in cooperation with popular defense groups, established control over Tlol Um Kadom, Dahrat al-Said, Jabal al-Ramila, Tolol al-Sood in the southeast countryside of Homs.

Idleb, Hama

Field sources affirmed that 40 terrorists of the so-called Jaish al-Fatah were killed in army’s operations against their dens in Idleb and Hama countryside.

Aleppo

The Syrian army air force targeted headquarters and gatherings for ISIS terrorist organization in Rasm al- Abd, Hmeimeh and Tal Ahmar in the countryside of Aleppo province.

The army strikes destroyed ISIS terrorist organization’s arms, ammunition and machine guns – equipped vehicles and killed a number of their members.

Meanwhile, the terrorist organizations admitted on their media WebPages that they suffered heavy losses in personnel and equipment and number of their members were killed including Ibrahim Adel Kouraj and Mohammad Nji al-Umar.

Sweida

Army units targeted gatherings and movements’ axes for ISIS terrorist organization in al-Saqiyeh town, west of Banat Baeir hill in the northeastern countryside of Sweida province.

ISIS terrorists suffered heavy losses in personnel and equipment in the town and hill, and a machinegun- equipped vehicle was destroyed.

In Sweida western countryside, near the administrative boarders with Daraa province, an army unit destroyed a gathering for Jabhat al- Nusra and terrorist organizations in al –Aslaha village.

Daraa

Another army unit destroyed last night a number of hideouts for the terrorist organizations, south of Zanobia School and Police dwellings in Daraa al-Mahatta neighborhood.


7 civilians killed, others injured in terrorist attacks in Aleppo and Hasaka
26 November، 2015
Provinces, SANA

Six civilians, including four children, were killed in a terrorist attack with rocket shells on Tal Aran village in the southeastern countryside of Aleppo provinces.

A source at the Police Command said in a statement to SANA reporter that terrorists positioned in Balat village targeted Tal Aran in al-Sfeira area with three rocket shells as students were leaving school, killing six civilians, including four children.

The source added that 7 other civilians were severely injured in the attack.

One of the shells smashed into a house, destroying parts of it, according to the source.

Earlier, an electricity maintenance worker was injured on Thursday by an explosive device that had been planted by terrorists before fleeing Ebtin area.

Director of the Electricity Company Abd al-Elah Talalini told SANA the worker was injured while fixing the power network in Ebtin village in Aleppo southern countryside to which the army restored security on October 16.

Talalini said the worker was hospitalized, adding that 3 of the worker’s fingers were amputated and his left shoulder was injured.

The maintenance teams are continuing their work in the area, he stressed.

Hasaka

In the same context, a civilian was killed in the explosion of a landmine previously planted by ISIS terrorist groups near al-Faj village, 23 km to the east of al-Hasaka City.

A source at Hasaka Police Command told SANA that a landmine exploded on Wednesday night while a car was passing in the surroundings of al-Faj village in the eastern countryside, claiming the life of the driver.

The source added that the landmine is one of the remnants of ISIS terrorists as they had planted it before they fled the area earlier this year.


Terrorist responsible for transferring Beirut bombings perpetrators killed in Syria
26 November، 2015
Damascus, SANA

The terrorist Abdul Salam Abdul Razzaq al-Hindawi, who was involved in the latest twin suicide bombings in Lebanon on November 12, was killed in Syria.

The terrorist, who was nicknamed “Abo Omar”, was responsible for transferring the two suicide terrorists from Raqqa who carried out the bombings in Burj al-Barajneh in the southern suburb of Beirut.

Special sources who confirmed al-Hindawi’s death to SANA said the terrorist was killed in a special operation carried out by the authorities and the Lebanese Resistance in Homs, central Syria

Beirut terrorist bombings struck left at least 43 people dead and wounded 239 others, in one of the deadliest attacks in recent years in Lebanon.

Reem/H. Said