Ministry of Defence summed up results of Russian Aerospace Forces activity in Syrian Arab Republic since September 30, 2015
SyAAF IL-76 air dropped 22tons of Russian aid from ~4km altitude into areas under terrorists’ siege.
In Dair al-Zoor, 4 packages of humanitarian aid were airdropped into government controlled territories. The Syrian Army Units in the city reached packages, and distributed the aid on civilians.
SyAAF MiG-29Sy providing fighter escort to RuAF Su-25
Usually the SyAAF MiG-23MLD and MiG-29Sy provide escort to SyAAF and RuAF attack bombers operating in Syrian airspace; however, this is the first mission in which the SyAAF MiG-29 take off from Bassel al-Assad Airbase (aka Hmemmem airbase) which being used by the RuAF.
Syria acquired the MiG-29 export variant at first, and all were recently upgraded; today, SyAAF MiG-29Sy is a specially build variant, to the need of the Syrian Arab Air Force; and is based on the Russian MiG-29SM variant. The program is kept behind doors of secrecy, avionics, radar/sensors, payload, and armament are kept classified and even the report published by RAC MiG corporation was withdrawn in compliance with SyAAF request.
The SyAAF MiG-29 is the most advanced fighter in the SyAAF arsenal, and again, both its capabilities and number are not disclosed. at least 3 squadrons are in active service.
Russian Defense Ministry: 217 populated areas in Syria restored since Sep. 30
15 January، 2016
The Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday the Russian Aerospace Forces carried out 5,662 sorties since the beginning of its military air operations against the terrorists’ sites in Syria, supporting the Syrian Arab Army’s efforts to establish control over 217 villages and towns.
“Since September 30, the Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria have made 5,662 sorties, including 145 sorties made by strategic missile and long-range bomber aviation, the Russian military have also carried out 97 launches of sea-based and air-based missiles,” Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy, chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces told reporters, adding that this has contributed to liberating 217 populated areas and over 1,000 square kilometers in Syria from terrorists.
Rudskoy affirmed that Russian aircrafts have observed the continued arrival of ammunition and weapons to the terrorists in Syria under the cover of humanitarian aid, pointing out that the US-led coalition seeks to downplay the results of Russian operations in Syria.
He stressed the importance of humanitarian operations in Syria while ensuring that they won’t be used by terrorists, adding that the Russian Air Force is providing basic humanitarian aid to the civilians of Deir Ezzor city which has been besieged by terrorists.
On a relevant note, Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Maj. Igor Konashenkov said the ministry refutes allegations of the Russian air force delivering airstrikes on civilian targets in Syria, asserting that Russian pilots do not carry out strikes on terrorist sites if there’s even a slim chance of injuring civilians in the process, while on the other end of the spectrum the US-led coalition considers the death of 49 civilians a trivial issue, referring to what Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr said regarding the US military delivering airstrikes on condition that the number of civilian deaths would not exceed 50 people.
Konashenkov noted that lies about civilian casualties due to Russian airstrikes were being circulated even before the Russian airstrikes actually began, criticizing Amnesty International for relying of fabricated information that it said it received via phone and social networking.
He gave a few examples of such falsified information about civilian casualties which include a claim by Amnesty International early in October 2015 that a Russian airstrikes targeted Omar Bin al-Khattab mosque in Jisr al-Shughour in Idleb province which claimed caused the death of civilians, when surveillance images taken by Russian drones on October 23rd show the mosque to be intact and undamaged.
Konashenkov went citing allegations about alleged airstrikes on a marketplace in Ariha in Idleb on November 29th, claims that are refuted by images taken before that date that show that the area was destroyed due to clashes on the ground long before that date.
He also discussed a claim by the UK-based “Syrian Observatory for Human Rights” which claimed that Russian aircrafts targeted a school in Anjara in Aleppo’s countryside, killing 8 to 20 people, but analysis of the images of the destroyed school show that it was targeted by a air-to-surface missile of a type that Russia doesn’t use; rather it’s the US-led coalition that uses such missiles, and conveniently, more than 10 coalition planes and a number of their drones were operating in Aleppo countryside when the school in question was destroyed.
Konashenkov added that the coalition does not reveal data about the targets it hits in Aleppo, but Russia possesses much information about the actual results of the coalition’s operations in Syria, asserting that this information conflicts with what the coalition declares, and in the future Russia might have to make such information public to refute allegations and lies directed at it if its partners remain silent about the results of their own airstrikes in Syria.
Manar al-Frieh / Manal Ismael / Hazem Sabbagh
The army establishes control over two more village in Aleppo eastern countryside
15 January، 2016
The army’s intensified operations against terrorist organizations have resulted in achieving more advances in various areas, establishing control over more areas in Aleppo eastern countryside.
Army units established control over al-Abboudiyeh village, to the southeast of Ein al-Bayda village, and al-Ajouziyeh village in the eastern countryside of Aleppo, sources on the ground told SANA on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, army Units targeted hideouts and gatherings of ISIS terrorists in al-Bab, Arran, Tal Beijan, Qiter, al-Mifilseh and Wadiaa in the eastern countryside of Aleppo province.
The army’s operations resulted in destroying vehicles and sites, in addition to heavy and medium weapons.
The army also inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists in al-Mansoura village and Khirbet Hazmar in the western countryside of the province.
In Aleppo city, a number of terrorists were killed and their weapons and ammunition were destroyed during army operations in the neighborhoods of al-Ameriyeh, al-Rashidin, al-Khalediyeh, al-Lairamoun, al-Kastello and Bani Zaid.
An army unit destroyed arms and weapons for Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in al-Ameriyeh, located on the southeastern outskirts of Aleppo city.
Army and Armed Forces units, in cooperation with popular defense groups, established full control over all hills overlooking the road between al-Mahasa and al-Qaryatain in the southeast countryside of Homs, a military source told SANA on Friday.
The source said the army carried out concentrated operations against ISIS sites and gatherings in the southeast countryside of Homs, cutting off the main supply routes of the terrorist organization in the area towards al-Manqoura and al-Mahsa areas and al-Qaryatain city, killing a number of ISIS members and destroying their weapons and vehicles in the process.
Later, the source said that an army unit and defense groups targeted concentrations and fortified positions for ISIS in Salam Gharbi village in Jub al-Jarrah area east of Homs city, which resulted in destroying a mortar launcher and a machinegun-equipped car along with the terrorists on board.
In the northern countryside, another army unit targeted concentrations of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in Kiseen village, destroying a rocket launcher artillery piece.
In southern Syria, an army unit destroyed a vehicle for Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists west of al-Bajabjeh quarter in Daraa al-Balad neighborhood in Daraa city.
A number of terrorists were killed and their arms and weapons were destroyed.
An army unit destroyed a vehicle with all terrorists and weapons inside it on the road between the Meteorology Department Building and al-Sad in Daraa al-Balad area.
To the southeast of Daraa city, an army unit launched strikes against terrorists’ gatherings and positions to the southwest of Gharz Prison, destroying 2 of their vehicles and killing many of them.
Terrorist organizations acknowledged on their pages on social media sites the death of Abdul-Rahman Ayman Hasan al-Hariri, Ahmad Abu Zaid, Jamal Mohamed Ali al-Asafira, Eyad Marai al-Zubi, Bilal Ahmad al-Sharaa, Hasan Hussien al-Fahid al-Hariri, Hussam Ali al-Swidan, Amir al-Misawi and Abdul-Wahab Abdullah Salal.
The Syrian Arab Army established control over the village of Dwairkeh and Rwaiset al-Nemr in Lattakia’s northeastern countryside after inflicting heavy losses on terrorist organizations, a military source announced on Friday.
The source told SANA that while canvassing the area, army units seized a solar-powered satellite broadcasting station used by terrorists, in addition to a tunnel extending from Rwaiset al-Nemr to al-Rwaiseh al-Jadideh that terrorists had been using to move around, transport weapons and ammo, and evacuate their injured members.
Engineering units also canvassed the area in search of explosive devices and landmines left behind by terrorists, seizing weapons and munitions that terrorists had left behind.