Syria in the Last 24 Hours : Russian MoD Exposes Illegal Oil Transit Routes From Syria into Turkey

Syria in the Last 48 Hours


Mass media briefing “Russian Federation Armed Forces fighting against international terrorism. New data”

Today, the National Center for State Defence Control hosts a media briefing. During the briefing, the Russian Ministry of Defence is to present facts and evidences concerning financial sources and patrons of international terrorist groups operating on the territories of Syria and Iraq.

Speech of the Russian Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov during the briefing “Russian Federation Armed Forces fighting against international terrorist. New data”
Speech of the Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Lt.Gen. Sergei Rudskoy
Speech of the Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of Chief of National Centre for State Defence Control Lt.Gen. Mikhail Mizintsev

All the data, which was presented during the briefing, has been published on the Russian and English versions of the Russian Defence Ministry website.

There are colleagues from the leading foreign media in the briefing hall, who had been to the Hmeymim airbase and watched combat missions carried out by the Russian servicemen.

The Russian Defence Ministry will continue providing journalists with information on the issue based exclusively on specific facts and objective monitoring data, as well as allowing visits of mass media representatives to the Russian air base in Syria.

We will regularly share new data with you by publishing it in information sources of the Russian Defence Ministry.

We are looking forward to a mutual cooperation.

Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation

Russia’s Defense Ministry exposes three routes of illegal oil transportation to Turkey

December 02,2015

The western route reaches Turkish ports on the Mediterranean coast, the northern route – the Batman oil refinery in Turkey, the eastern one – a large transshipment base in the town of Cizre
Russian top military officials speaking to the media in front of an aerial image of oil trucks near Turkey’s border with Syria

Russian top military officials speaking to the media in front of an aerial image of oil trucks near Turkey’s border with Syria


MOSCOW, December 2. /TASS/. Russia’s Defense Ministry has exposed three key routes of oil transportation from Syria and Iraq to Turkey, Russian General Staff Main Operations Directorate chief Sergey Rudskoy said Wednesday.

“Three key routes of oil transportation to the territory of Turkey from ISIL gangs-controlled regions of Syria and Iraq have been exposed,” Rudskoy said.

ISIL is the former name of the Islamic State terrorist group, which is banned in Russia.

The western route, the general said, reaches Turkish ports on the Mediterranean coast, the northern route – the Batman oil refinery in Turkey, the eastern one – a large transshipment base in the town of Cizre.

The Defense Ministry’s information was supported by numerous photo and video materials demonstrating that oil tanks were moving from Syria to Turkey.

Western route

“Along the Western route, hydrocarbons produced at the oil fields near the city of Rakka, are transported by motor transport, mainly at night, to Syria’s northwest. Then they go via the border inhabited localities Azaz (Syria) and Reyhanli (Turkey) to the Turkish ports of Dortyol and Iskenderun,” Rudskoy said, showing a satellite photograph made near Azaz on November 13.

“Part of oil is reloaded to ships and sent to be processed beyond Turkey, and part is sold on the domestic market. One oil tanker is loaded on the average in these ports daily,” the General Staff official said. He showed space photographs of the ports of Dortyol and Iskenderun, dated November 25, where many gasoline tankers awaiting shipment can be seen.

Northern route

The Northern route, Rudskoy said, leads to Turkey from the area of oilfields on the right bank of the Euphrates. The area of the locality of Deir-ez-Zor is one of the large oil production and processing centers controlled by the Islamic State terrorist organization.

“There is a great amount of oil refineries here, one of which you see on the screen,” Rudskoy said showing relevant shots. “Many gasoline tankers awaiting shipment have constantly been registered in this area. You are shown photographs of motorcades at a small distance from each other.”

Eastern route

The third route of oil transportation to Turkey leads from oil deposits in Syria’s northeast and Iraq’s northwest, via the border inhabited localities of Kara-Chokh and Cham-Khanik in Syria and Tavan and Zakho in Iraq.

“The photographs show many gasoline tankers and trucks near these inhabited localities. On November 28, a total of 50 gasoline tankers were exposed near Kara-Chokh at an oil pumping station,” Rudskoy showed at a photo.

He said photographing conducted November 14 near Tavan and Zakho made it possible to discover over 1,100 gasoline tankers and trucks.

All shots shown at the briefing have been posted on the official website of the Russian Defense Ministry.

Russia’s operation in Syria

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.

Targets of the Russian aircraft include terrorists’ gasoline tankers and oil refineries.


Assad accuses Saudi Arabia and Qatar of financing terrorists through Turkey

PRAGUE, December 2. /TASS/. The situation with the downed Russian jet demonstrated the real intention of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to prevent the success of the military operation against terrorists in Syria, Syrian President Bashar Assad told Czech Television in an interview broadcast on Tuesday.

“I think this (downed Russian jet) showed Erdogan’s real intention as he could not cope that the Russian operation (in Syria) changed the balance of power on the ground,” Assad said. “This is Erdogan’s failure in Syria. The failure of his terrorist groups means the end of his political career, and he wanted to do anything to hinder the success (of the military operation in Syria),” Assad added.

“I do not think that it will change the balance. The war against terrorism continues. Russian support will be stronger, and I don’t think there is a way back,” the Syrian President added.

Terrorists are financed through Turkey with support of Saudi Arabia and Qatar

Terrorists are financed and supplied weapons mostly through Turkey with support of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Syrian President said.

“If you really want to fight and defeat them (terrorists), then it is necessary to cut off their supplies of ammunition, weapons, money, which they mostly get through Turkey with the support of Saudi Arabia and Qatar,” Assad said.

Peace will come to Syria if the West and its allies in the Middle East will “stop supporting terrorists,” Syrian President told Czech Television.

Answering a question on what is needed for the four-year civil in Syria to stop, Assad said: “When the counties that I mentioned – France, Great Britain, USA, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and others stop supporting terrorists, the situation will improve the next day. And in several months peace will definitely come to Syria if they (Western countries) stop.”

The downing of Russian Su-24 bomber by Turkey

On November 24, the Turkish Air Force’s fighter jet shot down a Russian Su-24M bomber. Ankara claims the Su-24M bomber violated the Turkish air space in the area of the border with Syria.

However, Russia’s Defence Ministry has said the Su-24M plane stayed exclusively over the Syrian territory and “there was no violation of the Turkish air space.”

The crew of the Su-24M bomber managed to eject but one of the pilots was killed by gunfire from the ground. The second pilot was rescued and taken to the Russian air base.

Russian military operation in Syria

On September 30 Russia’s Federation Council unanimously approved President Vladimir Putin’s request to launch a military operation in Syria against Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist groups (outlawed in Russia). Russian Aerospace Defense Forces delivered first targeted airstrikes at militants’ positions on the same day. More than 50 jets and helicopters take part in the operation, including Su-34 and Su-24M fighter jets, Su-25 aircraft, Su-30SM fighter aircraft, and Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters. Since the start of the operation, Russian aviation made hundreds of sorties, destroyed dozens of ammunition depots, explosives production plants and command posts.


Hero of Russia Lt. Colonel Oleg Peshkov was laid to rest in Lipetsk

The Hero of Russia Lieutenant Colonel Oleg Peshkov, who had lost his life as a result of Turkish acts of provocation, was laid to rest in Lipetsk. Approximately 10,000 people took part in the memorial ceremony.

During the memorial service, the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian aerospace Forces Colonel General Victor Bandarev stated that Lieutenant Colonel fulfilled his duty in fighting against terrorism.

According to the Colonel General Victor Bondarev, Hero of Russia Lieutenant Colonel Oleg Peshkov was an excellent pilot, excellent man.

Victor Bondarev also noted that Oleg Peshkov trained lots of first-class pilots as he was. Many people followed the example of him.

The Commander-in-Chief also stressed that Oleg Peshkov’s deeds will remain in the history of the Russian Aerospace Forces.

Victor Bondarev stated that the order of the Russian President concerning fighting against terrorism would be executed everywhere.

He mentioned that Oleg Peshkov had been killed by “a treacherous shot in the back carried out by the Turkish Air Force and the leadership of Turkey, which was a planed and dishonest act”.

Commander-in-Chief of the Aerospace Forces emphasized that the aircraft of Oleg Peshkov had been downed in the sky of Syria. “It happened over the territory of Syria and has nothing to do with the Turkish territory,” said Colonel General Viktor Bondarev.

Lieutenant Colonel Oleg Peshkov was paid military honours and buried at the central lane of the city cemetery in Lipetsk.

Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation


Truce in Homs is first step to ceasefire in Syria

Homs, Syria

MOSCOW, December 2 /TASS/. Moscow has welcomed the news on truce in the Syrian city of Homs, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

“We believe that its implementation will make it possible to finally normalize the situation in this major Syrian city and put an end to the suffering of its people,” the ministry said.

“We think that such steps can prelude the achievement of a comprehensive ceasefire in Syria through the United Nations effective role and create favourable conditions for launching a sustainable negotiating process between the Syrian government and the opposition, including its armed wing, which denounces terrorism,” the Russian Foreign Ministry stressed.

“On December 1, the Syrian army reached an UN-mediated agreement with anti-government armed groups that they would start pulling out their militants from the al-Vayer district in the southeastern outskirt of Homs on December 1,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

“The first group of 200-300 people will start leaving the area on Saturday, December 5, on condition that their lives will be guaranteed,” the ministry said adding that the militants would also be allowed to keep their personal arms.

“Peaceful civilians will be able to return to the area after the pullout is completed,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

“The al-Vayer district was surrounded by the Syrian regular army for a long time. The troops did not try to storm it or deliver massive strikes,” the Russian Foreign Ministry explained.


The Syrian Special Forces, and Russian Special Forces conducted a joint exercise, one of many yet to come.

Syrian Arab Army's photo.

The participating units were air dropped in an undisclosed location, in a simulation to be dropped behind enemy line, conducted a search and rescue mission, then navigated back to Basel al-Assad airbase (aka Hmemeem airbase) without being guided from the sky, or from any other battle control station.

These exercises are to strengthen the level of cooperation between the two Spec-Ops; and it comes after a successful joint operation of a Syrian airborne Special Operations unit and Russian Spec-Ops successfully rescued the Su-24M navigator whose jet was shot down when conducted ISIS bombing mission over the Northwest.

Syrian Arab Army


6 citizens killed, others injured in terrorist attacks in different areas
2 December، 2015
Provinces, SANA

Two women were killed and 26 others were injured, including 16 students, due to terrorist mortar attacks on the residential areas in Damascus.

A source at Damascus Police Command told SANA that terrorists, positioned in the Eastern Ghouta, fired a mortar shell which landed on the compound of Sheikh Ahmad Kuftaro, (an institute affiliated to al-Sham Higher Institute for Islamic Sciences, Arabic Language, Islamic Studies and Researches) in Rouken Eddin neighborhood, leaving 14 citizens injured, 4 of them are in a critical condition, and causing material damage.

The source added that 3 shells landed on Bab Touma neighborhood, killing 2 women and injuring 9 others.

3 mortar shells landed on al-Amara neighborhood, Baghdad Street and the area surrounding the Customs rotary, causing material damage to number of the cars in the place.

A medical source at al-Moassat Hospital confirmed that 2 students and a professor were injured when a shell hit the Faculty of Civil Engineering.

4 citizens killed, 2 injured in rocket attack in Damascus Countryside

Terrorists of Jabhat al-Nusra targeted with 4 rocket shells Qallait Jandal and Bak’asam villages in Qatana area in the southwest part of Damascus Countryside, claiming the lives of 4 citizens.

A source at the Police Command told SANA reporter that 2 shells fired by terrorists positioned in Beit Jin Farm hit Qallaet Jandal village, causing the death of 2 citizens and the injuring another citizen.

A boy and his sister were killed and a citizen was injured when 2 mortar shells hit Bak’asam village.

A civilian killed, 2 injured in explosion of ISIS land mines in Hasaka

A civilian was killed and two others were injured in the explosion of two land mines of the remnants of the armed terrorist groups affiliated to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the eastern and southwestern countryside of Hasaka province.

A source at the police command told SANA that a land mine went off on Tuesday in the village of Marzouka in Tal Barrak, about 42 km east of Hasaka city, killing a civilian and injuring another.

A source in Hasaka national hospital said that the hospital received an injured person who was affected by an explosion of a land mine in Abdel Aziz Mountain area, about 35km southwestern of Hasaka .

The sources confirmed that the two mines were from the remnants of ISIS terrorists before they were defeated by the Syrian Arab Army aided by the popular defense groups and the national backing units.

Earlier Tuesday, a civilian was killed in the explosion of an explosive device planted by the ISIS terrorists at one of the houses of al-Nua’maniyeh village in the southern countryside of Hasaka city.


Army continues targeting terrorist organizations across the country
2 December، 2015
Provinces, SANA

The army operations against the terrorist organizations continued in many areas across the country, killing scores of their members and destroying their vehicles, headquarters and positions.

Aleppo

The Syrian army air force destroyed the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria “ISIS” terrorist organization’s fortresses, gatherings and vehicles with all terrorists onboard in the villages of Tal Ahmar, Tal Ayyoub and Um Zalilah in the eastern countryside of Aleppo province.

A military source told SANA Wednesday that an army unit destroyed Jabhat al-Nusra and other Takfiri terrorist organizations’ gatherings, hideouts and vehicles in al-Ameriyeh village in the southeastern countryside of the province.

Meanwhile, terrorists’ headquarters were also destroyed with all terrorists, weapons and ammunition inside them in the army operations against their hotbeds in the neighborhoods of al-Sheikh Lutfi, al-Ramouseh, al-Rashidin4, Bani Zaid and Sheikh Khedur in the city of Aleppo.

Idleb

The army units killed 4 terrorists of “Jaish al-Fatah” and destroyed 8 of their vehicles in Baslia and Tal As to the south of Idleb city.

Army units killed 4 terrorists from “Jaish al-Fatah” and destroyed 8 of their vehicles in Baslia and Tal As to the south of Idleb city

Hama

An army unit struck with artillery a terrorist group which was moving by a car loaded with large amounts of weapons and ammunition on the road between Doir al-Akrad and Jub al-Za’arour in Hama countryside. All terrorists onboard were killed.

Field sources told SANA that army units dealt heavy blows to dens of the so called “al-Ezza Brigades” in al-Latamina town to the north of Hama city.

At least 14 terrorists were killed during the operation, including Mohamed Ali al-Raadoun, leader of a terrorist group, destroying 4 vehicles.

The sources confirmed the killing of at least 4 terrorists during an army’s operation against a den of a group affiliated to the so called “Jaish al-Fatah” in Latmin village in the northern countryside of Hama.

Army units also launched operations against the dens of “Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement” and “The Islamic Union of Ajnad al-Sham” in Kafr Zita and Morek.

The operations ended up with destroying a terrorist site and 2 vehicles and the killing of 10 terrorists including Mohamed Khair al-Araj and Moustafa al-Ali.

Homs

In the central province of Homs, the Syrian army air force destroyed ISIS terrorists’ positions and vehicles in Palmyra, al-Sukhne and al-Sowane in the eastern countryside of the province.

Damascus countryside

SANA-Field sources told SANA that the army established control on new farms to the north of Marj al-Sultan village and advanced towards Harasta al-Qantara and Noulah in the south of Ghouta in special operations against dens of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists.

Many terrorists were killed during the operations, among them were Izz eddin Barkhash, Ala Wafa and Ahmad Ghazal.

The sources added that an army unit killed several terrorists, among them Ziad Hassoun, in a special operation against dens of terrorists in Hamouriya town.

In Douma, the army’s artillery killed three terrorists; their names were Adnan al-Nakhar, Ahmad Shihab and Basel al-Za’aem.

Daraa

A number of terrorists, most of them from Jabhat al-Nusra and other Takfiri organizations were killed and others were injured in al-Naziheen Camp and the area surrounding al-Yarmouk suburb in Daraa.

A unit of army launched artillery strikes against a terrorist group that was moving by vehicles on the western side of al-Yarmouk suburb.

The strikes damaged a number of vehicles and destroyed two other vehicles with all terrorists, arms and ammunition inside them.

Another unit of army carried out a special operation during which they eliminated a den for Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists inside al-Naziheen Camp on the outskirts of Daraa al-Balad.

Meanwhile, Terrorist organizations acknowledged on their social media pages that 13 of their members were killed in different areas in Daraa countryside.


 

Authorities free soldiers abducted by terrorists in Daraa
2 December، 2015
Sweida, SANA

The competent authorities in Sweida province liberated, in a special operation, a number of soldiers abducted by Takfiri terrorist organizations in Daraa.

A source at the province told SANA Tuesday that the six kidnapped soldiers were abducted by the terrorists at different times ranging from a year and a half to two years.