Russian aviation strikes against 10 ISIS targets in Syria

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Russian attack aircraft and frontline bombers have continued carrying out pinpoint airstrikes against ISIS infrastructure, command posts and stores of military hardware in Syria, which were previously located by intelligence units, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov has said.

"This afternoon Sukhoi Su-34, Su-24M and Su-25 aircraft performed 15 combat sorties from the Hmeimim airbase. Strikes are carried out against ten terrorist targets. The Su-34 bombers destroyed an ISIS [a terrorist organization banned in Russia] command and control post in the surroundings of Dayr Hafir and Al-Bab in the province of Aleppo. As a result of direct hits the structures, where a terrorist field commander had been hiding, were destroyed," the general said at a briefing in Moscow on Oct.5.

"In the east of the Homs province, not far from the city of Tadmor, a combat pair of Su-25M attack aircraft and a Su-24 bomber carried out strikes against two locations of ISIS equipment," he said.

In all, about 20 T-55 medium-sized tanks seized by militants from the Syrian army have been destroyed. The detonation of fighting vehicles' ammunition and fuel led to multiple blazes.

This is not the first strike carried out by Russian Air Force aircraft against terrorists' stores of military hardware, Konashenkov said. "Around 30 automobile and armored vehicles, including tanks, were destroyed in a wooded area near the city of Idlib early this morning. We showed you a video footage of this strike at our previous meeting. Despite the picture provided by the UAV being comprehensible only to specialists, we have irrefutable intelligence, including conversations between militants in that area, that terrorists' fighting vehicles have been destroyed and put out of order," the general said.

In addition, Su-24M aircraft attacked ISIS artillery positions near Tadmor in the Homs province, destroying three multiple rocket launchers and a field store of munitions, the defense spokesman said.

In the same area, Su-25 attack aircraft struck against a location of militant engineering equipment, thus destroying the engineering weapons and equipment which had been seized by ISIS terrorists from the Syrian army, Konashenkov said.

Around Tadmor, Russian bomber aircraft struck two terrorist ammunition depots, one of which was on the grounds of a saltworks, the spokesman said.

Both facilities were destroyed by direct hits with smart air bombs. Objective-monitoring data has proved the total destruction of the ISIS storage facilities, the spokesperson said.

He also said that two pairs of Su-25 aircraft struck against a terrorist control and communication center in the mountains of Jebel Batra, and against ISIS headquarters in the mountains of Jebel-Mgar in the Damascus province, "as a result of direct hits with smart air bombs the targets were destroyed."

The Russian Air Force aircraft will continue round-the-clock aerial reconnaissance, target identification and destruction, the general said.

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