Updated-Russian airstrikes against ISIS sites in Syria begin

Russian Defence Ministry

Moscow, SANA – The Russian Defense Ministry announced on Wednesday afternoon the start of Russian airstrikes against ISIS sites in Syria.

RT quoted the Defense Ministry as saying that several special strikes have been directed at sites for ISIS terrorist organization in several areas in Syria.

The ministry said that 20 strikes targeted 8 ISIS positions in Syria including ammunition warehouses and command and control centers

In the same context, a military source told SANA that in implementation of the agreement between Syria and Russia to combat international terrorism and eliminate ISIS, Russian aircrafts, in cooperation with the Syrian army’s Air Force, launched on Wednesday a number of airstrikes against ISIS dens in al-Rastan, Talbeisa, al-Zaafran, al-Tolol al-Humr, Aydon, Deir Fol and the area surrounding Salmia in the central region in Syria, achieving direct hits and inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorist organization.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic said that the sending of Russian air forces to Syria was carried out upon a request of the Syrian state conveyed via a letter sent by President Bashar al-Assad to President Vladimir Putin, and that this comes within the framework of President Putin’s initiative for combating terrorism.

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