Russian armed forces destroy 14 ISIS sites

Russia has doubled the number of sorties and established contact with French naval group.

The Russian armed forces destroyed 14 Islamic State sites in Syria during a first massive strike using air-launched guided missiles on Nov. 18.

"In the course of the first massive airstrike using 34 long-range air-launched guided missiles today, 14 important sites belonging to terrorists were destroyed, including control centers of illegal armed groups, which were used to coordinate ISIS fighters' activities in the Idlib and Aleppo governorates," Russian armed forces chief of staff Valery Gerasimov said at a conference hosted by President and Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces Vladimir Putin on Nov. 18.

"A massive airstrike is being delivered upon ISIS sites in Syrian territory. The number of sorties has been doubled, which makes it possible to deliver powerful pinpoint strikes upon ISIS fighters all the way down the Syrian territory," Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said.

In performing their mission of combating terrorists in Syria, the Russian armed forces are defending their country's interests, Putin said.

Source: Youtube / Ministry of defense

Russian President has also instructed the commander of the Moskva guided missile cruiser currently deployed in the Mediterranean to coordinate its activities with a French naval group, which is to arrive in the area in the near future, and interact with it as with allies.

The presidents of Russia and France agreed to step up the coordination of activities against terrorists in Syria in a telephone conversation on Nov. 18, and their dialogue in person will be continued at a meeting in Moscow on Nov. 26, the Kremlin press service reported.

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