Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation : More in detail

26.10.2015 (17:30)

In the course of the last three days, the aircraft of the Russian air group have performed 163 combat sorties engaging 285 terrorist objects

Since the last briefing, the Russian air group in Syria continued strikes against objects of the ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist groupings.

In the course of the last three days, the aircraft of the Russian air group have performed 164 combat sorties engaging 285 terrorist objects.

In the course of the last 24 hours, the Russian air group carried out 59 sorties engaging 94 terrorist objects in the Hama, Idlib, Lattakia, Damascus, Aleppo, Deir ez-Zor provinces.

Near Salma (Lattakia province), Su-25 attack aircraft eliminated 3 ISIS fortified points with bunkers, mortar emplacements and permanent fire positions. Objective monitoring data confirmed the destruction of the engineer facilities of the terrorists.

In the Eastern Ghuta district (Damascus province), a strike was made on a large ammunition depot of the Jabhat al-Nusra grouping, situated in two metal hangars. Direct hits and further detonation of munitions destroyed the both objects.

Near Khibrat al-Amia (Aleppo province), unmanned aerial vehicles uncovered a base of a large ISIS illegal armed group with many off-road vehicles equipped with large-caliber machine guns, AA artillery systems ZU-23 and mortars in a mountain-woody area. After additional data check through other channels, two Su-24M bombers made strikes eliminating the base and all the automobile vehicles of terrorists.

Near Zaytan (Aleppo province), a Su-34 bomber made a pinpoint strike on an uncovered by air reconnaissance command centre of the local ISIS group, which coordinated combat actions against the Syrian army near the Kwaires airfield. As a result of a direct hit, the facility was completely destroyed.

In the suburbs of Deir ez-Zor, a Su-24M bomber carried out a strike on an ISIS strong point, which was destroyed after the detonation of the munitions.

Near Kifr Sajna (Hama province), a plant, which equipped off-road vehicles with large-caliber machine guns, mortars and AA artillery systems ZU-23, was destroyed. The workshops used by militants for re-equipment of military hardware were completely destroyed. UAVs confirmed 7 terrorist off-road vehicles to be on fire.

Movement of mobile automobile caravans, which deliver armament and ammunition to the militants in the eastern and central provinces, are being detected, especially at night.

The Russian air group pays particular attention to disruption of the terrorist logistic routes. These actions are carried out first of all in the Raqqah and Deir ez-Zor provinces.

To that end, the main roads adjacent to the areas of active battles were put under surveillance. Thus, in the al-Ghab plain (Idlib province), movement of a militants’ automobile column was uncovered. Resulting from an airstrike made by Su-25 attack aircraft, 3 trucks, a petrol tank vehicle and 2 escorting vehicles were destroyed. Explosion character shows that the trucks were carrying artillery munitions.

Near Tadmur (Homs province), Su-25 attack aircraft made an airstrike on a militants’ column. Direct hits destroyed 3 SUVs with large-caliber machine guns and 2 trucks with munitions.

Airstrike against terrorists' fortified area in Latakia province

Strike on position area of militants (Hama province)

Airstrike at temporary base of militants' receiption and training in Damascus province

Russian Ministry of Defence comments on publications appeared in a number of anglophone media quoting some “doctors” of the “Syrian American Medical Society” concerning Syrian civilians who had been killed by air strikes of the Russian aircraft carried out against a “hospital” in Sarmin settlement on October 20.

Russian Ministry of Defence is carefully monitoring and analyzing such stovepiping.

First, it is necessary to tell about the Syrian American Medical Society.  This organization, which is registered in Illinois American state has as much do with both medicine and doctors as ISIS has to do with the International Scout Movement.

It is to be added that starting from its foundation in 2012, the organization was mainly used for publishing so-called “evidence” of using chemical weapons against the Syrian opposition. Therefore, the “agency” laid low after everybody learnt that all the “evidence” was a lie.

The real intended aim of such institutions is providing anonymous stovepiping for further coverage by the assigned media.

Pay attention to the fact that such agencies, which are famous for accusing the Russian aviation group of bombing of civilians just a week before the start of the operation in Syria, are working according to the same rules.

It is to be stressed that before eliminating terrorists’ objects, the information is being checked for more than one day and through several intelligence channels.

Only after having checked all the information and got a hundred percent certainty concerning the targets, the aviation performs a strike against the ISIS infrastructure using precision munitions. 

The Russian Defence Ministry receives many requests from the foreign media concerning the Russian air group in Syria.

The Defence Ministry constantly presents the materials and provides explanations to the colleagues concerning different issues of the activities of the Russian aviation in the region.

There is a number of applications with requests for visiting the Hmeymim airbase, where the Russian aviation group is deployed.

The Defence Ministry is to continue cooperating with the media colleagues and organizing media tours like the one happened last week.

However, there are some unique applications, for instance, the one from the chief of the Moscow bureau of one of famous western media agencies.

Quoted: “The analysis of the informational messages of the Russian Ministry of Defence shows that nearly 80 per cent of objects engaged by the aviation are not under the ISIS control.”

There are only two things to do: first, to grant a piece of advice concerning being tactful and correct in such matters.

Secondly, there is an opportunity to provide the Russian Ministry of Defence with precise coordinates of the ISIS objects.

Especially as it turns out that the data is kept not somewhere in the Pentagon, but here in Moscow, in the bureau of one of western media agencies. 

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