Syria in the Last 24 Hours

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Western media uses Russian footage to illustrate US military success in Syria

LATAKIA /Syria/, December 16 /TASS/. Western media outlets have used the Russian Defense Ministry shots in a footage describing the US military success in fighting militants in Syria, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Wednesday.

“The last time it happened was quite recently when the Euronews TV channel reported about the alleged US military successes in fighting the ISIS [the former name for the Islamic State terrorist group, which is banned in Russia] with a commentary from a representative of the United States Army Central Command. The video shots (which were run by Euronews) showed the launch of Russian cruise missiles by Tu-160 strategic bombers,” Konashenkov explained.

“Instead of talking about ‘the surgical accuracy of strikes’ we suggest our critics from the anti-IS coalition show at least half of the number of videos — about their own air strikes against the IS — which we have demonstrated to the world over the past three months since the start of our military operation in Syria,” Konashenkov added.

Russian Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov held a protocol meeting with Chief of political department of the Federal Ministry of Defence of Germany Geza Andreas von Geyr

On December 16, 2015, Russian Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov held a protocol meeting with Chief of political department of the Federal Ministry of Defence of Germany Géza Andreas von Geyr, who had arrived in Moscow for consultations on problems of international security and Russian-German cooperation in the military field.

During the meeting, the emphasis was put on the necessity of coordination of parties’ efforts against international terrorism.

Russian Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov invited Géza Andreas von Geyr to take part in the V International Conference on International Security and the International forum Army-2016.

In the course of the last 24 hours, aircraft of the Russian air group in the Syrian Arab Republic have performed 59 combat sorties engaging 212 terrorist objects

In the course of the last 24 hours, aircraft of the Russian air group in the Syrian Arab Republic have performed 59 combat sorties engaging 212 objects in the Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia, Hama, Homs, Hasakah and Raqqah provinces.

Terrorists continue suffering losses of manpower and military hardware.

Just for the last 24 hours, over 320 militants and 34 pieces of armoured and automobile vehicles of terrorists including 2 tanks, 1 infantry fighting vehicle and 15 SUVs fitted with large-caliber machine guns DShK have been destroyed.

In order to undermine the income sources of terrorists, during the last 24 hours Russian Su-34 bombers have eliminated 94 oil trucks near Deir ez-Zor settlement.

Near Rashidiya-Ghaubia (Hasakah province), during the “free search” performed by a Su-34 bomber, a column of 15 oil trucks transporting oil products in the northern direction from territories controlled by terrorists was detected and destroyed.

In the Aleppo province, a Su-24 bomber made a strike on an ISIS concentration of manpower and military hardware. Objective monitoring data confirmed elimination of not less than 10 militants and 3 automobile vehicles with large-caliber machine guns.

Near Al-Karatein settlement (Homs province), a Su-24M destroyed a hidden base of the ISIS terrorists. A command centre, an ammunition depot and barracks were equipped in the underground shelters. Direct hits of BETAB-500 air bombs destroyed these terrorist facilities with all the contents.

Near Maarat an-Numan (Idlib province), a Su-25 attack aircraft destroyed a large ISIS base. In a separate building, there was an ammunition and materiel depot, as well as a command centre of illegal armed groups.

Data concerning the coordinates of this object had been received by the Russian Defence Ministry from representatives of the Syrian opposition. After the data had been checked by the Information centre in Baghdad and unmanned aerial vehicles conducted additional reconnaissance of the base, a Su-25 attack aircraft eliminated this facility.

After the combat task performance, all the aircraft of the Russian air group have returned to the Hmeymim airbase.

The Russian Defence Ministry constantly faces criticism from several representatives of the so called “anti-ISIS coalition” on the airstrikes against terrorist infrastructures in Syria

In addition, a certain pattern may be discovered: the more precise are the Russian strikes, the more clamor is observed within foreign mass media with references to some anonymous sources which argue indiscriminate Russian air strikes.

The Russian Defence Ministry would like to bring your attention to the fact that the results of the Russian operation are regularly being presented to the public.

Moreover, today Russian army is the only army in the world to show in detail which precision weapons are fired from airplanes and ships against terrorists.

In case of the anti-ISIS coalition, the results of their combat activity are brought to public at best according to words of few official representatives.

No airbase or airstrike footage is disclosed on the strikes, which are made with “surgical accuracy”.

It is to be mentioned that nobody has heard about press-tours of journalists at the anti-ISIS coalition airbases.

As a result, even respectful foreign TV-channels, presumably unintentionally, claim the video of Russian strikes as actions of the anti-ISIS coalition.

The latest case has taken place just recently, when the Euronews TV-channel showed footage of launching Russian cruise missiles from Tu-160 strategic bombers commented by the US Central Command representative as alleged success in anti-ISIS fighting.

Russian Defence Ministry suggests the detractors from the anti-ISIS coalition instead of words concerning “surgical accuracy of strikes”, showing their strikes on the ISIS, just a half of the volume of videos shown by Russia just in the course of three months of operation in Syria.

Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation

Military spokesman of the army: 563 targets for terrorist destroyed during last week
16 December، 2015
Damascus, SANA

Military spokesman of the Syrian army affirmed on Wednesday that 563 targets for terrorists were destroyed in sorties carried out by the army’s air force and at least 130 terrorists, most of them from Jabhat al-Nusra, were killed in the army’s continued operations against their sites.

“The Syrian Air Force carried out 193 sorties on 563 targets in the countryside of Damascus, Homs, Hama, Idleb, Lattakia and Deir Ezzor during the last week,” The military spokesman said.

He added that the raids destroyed two ISIS’ sites in Homs countryside and Deir Ezzor, two fortified positions of Jabhat al-Nusra in Hama and supplying center and two depots.

The spokesman pointed out that 2 convoys of vehicles were destroyed in Aleppo countryside in addition to targeting terrorists’ gatherings in the countryside of Idleb, Hama and Homs.

He affirmed that the Russian and Syrian airstrikes helped the army units establish control over Marj al-Sultan village, the Airport and the nearby farms, as well as the southern farms of al-Blaliya in Eastern al-Ghouta.

The army spokesman said that army targeted terrorists’ gatherings and destroyed 3 of their sites in Daraa, while in Homs the army killed more than 30 terrorists in an ambush, including terrorists’ leaders in the area between Jawalk and al-Mahta.

The army units also established control over Zanoba al-Shamalia, Zanoba al-Janobia and Qatshiya villages in the eastern countryside of Hama, according to the spokesman.

He said that more than 100 terrorists were killed and 2 armored vehicles and heavy-equipped vehicles were destroyed when terrorists tried to infiltrate towards military checkpoints in al-Boida al-Masasna, Zilin, al-Mahroka, Zor and al-Zalakiat in the northern countryside of Hama.

The military spokesman noted that army units established control over Mreikis, al-Qrihya, Abu Rawil al-Saibia and Dlama villages and inflicted heavy losses upon the terrorists in personnel and equipment, adding that the aircraft movement returned to normal at Kwairis Military Airport after the army had expanded its control on the area surrounding the airport.

The army also advanced in Lattakia countryside, establishing control over al-Noba and al-Koz Mountains, after killing many terrorists, according to the military spokesman.

He affirmed that the Russian and Syrian air strikes have caused heavy losses in the infrastructure of the terrorist organizations and weakened their fund resources, yet they retreat and collapse, others flee into more than one direction.


The army establishes control over strategic mountain in Lattakia
16 December، 2015
Provinces, SANA

More areas are coming under the army’s control, including in Lattakia, as the army units continue stepped-up operations against terrorist organizations.


Army units, in cooperation with the popular defense groups, established full control over the strategic al-Noubeh Mountain in the northern countryside of Lattakia province after killing a number of terrorists positioned in the area and forcing the rest to flee, a military source announced on Wednesday.

The army units, the source said, carried out special military operations suitable for the mountainous and wooded area and the numerous caves spreading there.

The units combed the mountain and removed the explosive devices and mines planted by the terrorists, the source added.


Army units established control over Sheir al-Sahab and point 793 overlooking al-Sarmaniyeh in the north western countryside of Hama after killing a number of terrorists.

An army unit targeted a position for the so-called “Ahrar al-Sham Movement” terrorist organization in al-Tamanaa town, 8km east of Khan Sheikhoun in Idleb countryside, field sources said.

8 terrorists were killed and 7 others were injured, most of them non-Syrians, as a result of the operation, while a vehicle and a car were destroyed.

Another army unit killed 10 terrorists in a special operation on a command space for terrorists in al-Hbeit village, near the border with Hama.

The sources also noted that the terrorist organizations suffered heavy losses as two of their centers were hit by the army in Abu Makki village and in the northern sides of Khan Sheikhoun city.

In Hama countryside, an army unit carried out two special operations targeting gatherings of terrorists from the so-called “Jund al-Aqsa” in Mourek town, 30km north of Hama city, killing at least six terrorists.


An army unit destroyed in accurate operations a hideout for terrorists in al-Abbassiyeh neighborhood and killed 8 terrorists in Daraa al-Mahatta and Daraa al-Balad in Daraa city.

According to field sources, another army unit also destroyed with a guided-rocket a vehicle for terrorists at Nasib border crossing in the southern countryside of Daraa province.

Russian Air Force destroys 109 oil tankers used by da’esh
16 December، 2015
Damascus, SANA

A military source said on Wednesday that 320 terrorists were killed and 109 oil tankers for ISIS were destroyed in the past 24 hours.

The source said in a statement to SANA that Russian Air Force, in cooperation with Syrian Air Force, carried out 59 sorties against 212 terrorist targets in Aleppo, Idleb, Lattakia, Hama, Homs, Hasaka and Raqqa.

The source added that during the sorties 320 terrorists were killed and 34 vehicles, 15 heavy-equipped vehicles, 2 tanks and BMP vehicle were destroyed.

The sorties also destroyed 94 oil tankers in Deir Ezzor and 15 oil tankers in Hasaka.

In Aleppo, at least 10 ISIS terrorists were killed during the sorties which targeted the gatherings and fortified positions of ISIS in addition to destroying 3 heavy-equipped vehicles, the source said.

Meanwhile in the central province of Homs, the source confirmed that a camouflaged base of ISIS was destroyed along with all ammunition depots, command centers and terrorists inside them in the area surrounding al-Qariatin city to the southeast of Homs city.

The Air Force destroyed an ISIS base which includes command centers and an ammunition dump in Maaret al-Numan area in Idleb province.

According to the Russian Army General Staff, the Russian Air Force destroyed since the 30th of September more than 1200 of oil tankers for ISIS.

Manar al-Frieh/Manal