Experts begin decoding of flight recorders from Russian bomber brought down over Syria
MOSCOW, December 17. /TASS/. Experts have begun to decode the black boxes of the Russian Su-24M bomber that was brought down by the Turkish Air Force in the skies over Syria last month, the Defence Ministry said at its official website.
“Representatives of the Defense Ministry will address a news briefing at 10:00 hours on December 18 at the CIS Interstate Aviation Committee (22/2 Bolshaya Ordynka Str., Moscow) in connection with the start of retrieval and decoding of data from the onboard flight control instruments of the Su-24M bomber brought down over Syria on November 24, 2015 by a Turkish fighter jet,” the report said.
The incident involving the Su-24M and an F-16 fighter of the Turkish Air Force took place in the area of the Syrian-Turkish border on November 24. The Turkish authorities claim the Russian warplane had broken into the Turkish airspace.
The Russian Defense Ministry said there was no breech of the Turkish aerospace. President Putin warned the Turkish side the attack on the bomber would bring on serious consequences for bilateral relations.
Defense minister visits army units in Homs eastern countryside
17 December، 2015
Delegated by President Bashar al-Assad, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Army and the Armed Forces, Defense Minister Fahd Jassem al-Freij visited army units in Homs eastern countryside.
Al-Freij met the army members, commending their efforts and sacrifices in defense of the country.
Al-Freij, who listed to the army’s members’ accounts about their combat missions, stressed that it is a national and ethical duty to track down and fight terrorists wherever they are.
He affirmed that the armed forces are more determined than ever to uproot terrorism in cooperation with the friends of Syria.
The army members affirmed their determination to offer whatever sacrifices needed for protecting Syria.
Terrorists’ vehicles and sites destroyed in different areas across the country
17 December، 2015
The army units have killed more terrorists from Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS in continued operations against their positions, where hideouts and centers for the terrorist organizations are getting destroyed.
Army units targeted positions and movements of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists, destroying a vehicle convoy in Dahret al-Ballan in al-Rastan area and several of their hideouts in separated areas in Talbiseh in the countryside of Homs, a military told SANA on Wednesday.
Other army units targeted ISIS centers and fortified sites in al-Muthalath area and al-Tabaj Mountain and destroyed two vehicles equipped with heavy machineguns in al-Tar Mountain in Palmyra area.
The army air force destroyed ISIS hideouts and vehicles in al-Hadath, al-Qaryatin, Mahein and near Palmyra.
ISIS terrorists were killed and their weapons destroyed in Wadi al-Zakara, Um al-Dababir and al-Tadmurieh, Jbab Hamad, Rahoum villages and on al-Salamieh –Ain al-Nesser road.
Army units directly hit centers and fortifications for ISIS terrorists in the villages of Najjara and al-Jaberiyeh in the eastern countryside of the northern Aleppo province.
The sites targeted were destroyed along with the weapons and vehicles equipped with machine guns there, adding that the terrorists present at the sites were killed.
More sites and vehicles for Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists were destroyed in Khan al-Asal on the western outskirts of Aleppo City.
In Aleppo city, the army units targeted terrorists’ positions in the neighborhoods of al-Lairamoun, al-Firdous, Bani Zaid, al-Maasaraniyeh, al-Sheikh Lutfi and Bustan al-Basha.
The terrorist organizations acknowledged on their social media pages the death of a number of their members, including a leader within the so-called “Thouar al-Sham Brigades” who is named Mohammad Sheikh al-Jibb.
An army unit targeted terrorists’ movements in al-Nazihin Camp and to the south of al-Manshiyeh neighborhood in Daraa al-Balad area in Daraa city, inflicting losses upon them in personnel and equipment, including an armored vehicle.
Another army unit targeted positions for Jabhat al-Nusra-linked terrorists to the southeast of Bosra Square and to the north of al-Banin School in Daraa al-Mahatta neighborhood in the city.
An army unit targeted a terrorist group affiliated to ISIS to the east of Tal al-Buthaina northeast of Sweida city.
The members of the terrorist group were killed or injured and their vehicles and weapons were destroyed.
Russian Warplanes Destroy ISIL’s Tanker Column, 100 Fuel-Transfer Stations in Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian Air Force has conducted 59 combat missions hitting 200 ISIL targets in 7 Syrian provinces over the past 24 hours, the Russian Defense ministry said.
“Over the past 24 hours Russian warplanes have conducted 59 sorties, hitting 212 ISIL targets in the Syrian province of Aleppo, Idlib, Lattakia, Hama, Homs, al-Hasakah an Raqqa,” the Defense Ministry spokesman told journalists.
Aircraft from Russia’s Aerospace Forces in Syria have also destroyed more than 300 militants and scores of armored vehicles over the last 24 hours, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Wednesday, Sputnik reported.
“More than 320 militants and 34 armored vehicles of terrorists, including two tanks, one infantry fighting vehicle, 15 jeeps equipped with large-caliber guns were destroyed,” Konashenkov told journalists in Syria’s Lattakia.
In the past 24 hours, Russian jets have also destroyed a column of tanker trucks and more than 100 fuel-transfer stations used by terrorists, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov added.
“In order to disrupt terrorists’ sources of income, Russian Su-34 bomber jets destroyed 94 fuel-transfer stations near Deir Ezzur,” he said.
According to Konashenkov, in the al-Hasakah province during the “free hunt” mission Su-34 has destroyed column of 15 fuel tankers which were carrying oil in northern direction extracted from terrorist-controlled areas.
Having received the intel from the Syrian opposition, the Russian aviation has destroyed an ISIL base in the Homs province and terrorists’ stronghold in the Aleppo province, Igor Konashenkov said.
“Near the Al-Qaryatayn in the Syrian province of Homs Su-24M destroyed a hidden ISIL base. In the dungeons terrorists have organized a command post, arm depot and outqaurters,” Maj. Gen. Konashenkov added.
He noted that terrorists’ objects were destroyed using direct strikes.
A Russian Su-25 fighter jet has destroyed a major military base of ISIL terrorists in Maarrat al-Nu’man, Syrian province of Idlib, the General said.
Konashenkov said all Russian aircraft had successfully returned to the Hmeymim air base after the mission.
Russia has been assisting both the government and civilians in the war-torn Syria. Since September 30, Moscow has been conducting precision airstrikes on terrorists positions in Syria, following a request from president Bashar al-Assad.
Nearly 200 Syrian Airstrikes Hit Terrorists’ Positions
TEHRAN (FNA)- Syrian Army Spokesman Ali Mahyoub said the Syrian warplanes launched 193 airstrikes on terrorists’ positions, adding at least 130 terrorists, most of them from al-Nusra Front, were killed in army’s attacks in the past week.
“The Syrian Air Force carried out 193 sorties on 563 targets in the countryside of Damascus, Homs, Hama, Idlib, Lattakia and Deir Ezzur during the last week,” The military spokesman said Wednesday.
He added that the air raids destroyed two ISIL positions in Homs countryside and Deir Ezzur, two fortified positions of al-Nusra Front in Hama and a supplying center and two depots.
The spokesman pointed out that 2 convoys of vehicles were destroyed in Aleppo countryside in addition to targeting terrorists’ concentration centers in the countryside of Idlib, Hama and Homs.
He stressed that the Russian and Syrian airstrikes helped the army troops to regain 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.
Ali Mahyoub said the army targeted terrorists’ positions and destroyed three of their concentration centers in Dara’a.
In Homs, the army killed over 30 terrorists, including terrorists’ leaders, in an ambush in the area between Jawalk and al-Mahta.
The army also won back Zanoba al-Shamalia, Zanoba al-Janobia and Qatshiya villages in the Eastern countryside of Hama.
He said that more than 100 terrorists were killed and two armored vehicles and heavy-equipped vehicles were destroyed when terrorists tried to infiltrate into the military checkpoints in al-Boida, al-Masasna, Zilin, al-Mahroka, Zor and al-Zalakiat in the Northern countryside of Hama.
The army spokesman said that the army retook Mreikis, al-Qrihya, Abu Rawil al-Saibia and Dlama villages and inflicted heavy losses on the terrorists.
He further said that the aircraft movement returned to normal at Kuweires Military Airport after the army had regained control over the area surrounding the airport.
The army also advanced in Lattakia countryside, and retook control of al-Noba and al-Koz Mountains, after killing many terrorists, according to Mahyoub.
He underlined that the Russian and Syrian airstrikes have inflicted heavy losses on the infrastructure of the terrorists and weakened their funding sources which forced the militants to retreat and flee.