Russian Defense Ministry: Intensifying sorties to support Syrian army’s operations and successive victories in depth of desert

Moscow, SANA-Russian Defense Ministry affirmed that the Russian warplanes engaging in the war on terrorism in Syria have intensified their sorties in order to support the accelerated operations of the Syrian army and its successive victories in the depth of the Syrian Desert.

Chief of the Main Operations Department of the Russian General Staff Lieutenant General Sergey Rudskoy said the Syrian forces, with the support of the Russian Aerospace Force, have managed to defeat an entire group of terrorists in the central region, noting that the Syrian army continues to advance in the region, covering 30 to 40 kilometers daily.

He pointed out that the Russian warplanes intensified raids to eliminate terrorists who are trapped in Akerbat area and trying to flee towards Deir Ezzor, adding that Russian warplanes are carrying out about 60 to 70 combat sorties per day, in addition to the aerial reconnaissance and the detection and destruction of vehicles and convoys belonging to the ISIS organization.

The Russian officer pointed out that the Russian warplanes directed during the past five days 819 airstrikes during 316 combat missions, noting that since the beginning of August, Russian warplanes have carried out 2518 airstrikes and 990 combat missions.

He pointed out that the countryside of Deir Ezzor is considered as the last gathering of ISIS terrorist organization in the Syrian territory where the remaining forces of the organization fled from the Syrian and Iraqi areas to it, including the most ready-to-fight factions from Mosul and Raqqa.

Rudskoy stressed that lifting of ISIS’ siege on Deir Ezzor will lead to the defeat of the main forces of the terrorist organization in the Syrian territories.

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