Provinces, SANA – With the Russian Air Force involved in the fight against terrorism, the terrorist organizations, mainly ISIS that is being hard hit, are suffering heavy losses in personnel and equipment.
Syrian and Russian airstrikes target ISIS positions
A military source told SANA on Friday that the Russian Air Force, in cooperation with the Syrian Air Force carried out a series of airstrikes on ISIS positions in various provinces.
A command headquarters and a signal center in Daret Ezza in the countryside of Aleppo were destroyed in the airstrikes, according to the source.
Airstrikes in Idleb, it said, resulted in destroying ammunition, weapons and fuel depots for a field camp and weapons and fuel depots in Maaret al-Nouman, an ammunition depot in al-Hbeit and a command center in Khan Sheikhoun in the countryside of the province.
Dozens of vehicles and a fortified command headquarters were destroyed in Kafr Zita in the countryside of Hama province, the source added.
The Russian Defense Ministry announced on Friday in a statement published by Russia Today website that its warplanes conducted in the past 24 hours 18 airstrikes against 12 sites for terrorists in Raqqa, Hama and Idleb.
The ministry said the Russian airplanes struck an ISIS training camp near Raqq city. The raids also struck an ISIS command post, a training camp and dozens of vehicles equipped with machineguns in central Hama province.
A Su-25 aircraft struck an ISIS camp in Maaret al-Numan and destroyed it completely.
Russia Today website quoted Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov as affirming in a statement that Russian Su-34s have carried out precise strikes against targets from an altitude of more than 5,000 meters, pointing out that the on-board target navigation systems of these aircraft can allow for the strike of ground targets with absolute preciseness.
Konashenkov noted that the Russian air force aims to destroy the infrastructure of ISIS represented by the command, communications and surveillance centers, the weapons and ammunition depots, and the bomb and car bomb factories.
He reiterated affirmation that the Syrian armed forces are carrying out ground operations without participation by the Russian forces.
Konashenkov said that some international media outlets had quoted what he called “provocative untrue information about the Russian Air Force operations in Syria,” adding that some reports had been published before the Russian operations started.
The Russian President’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday that the targets of the Russian air strikes in Syria are defined in coordination with the Syrian army, calling for ascertaining any information about the Russia Air Force’s involvement in fighting the terrorist organizations in Syria in light of the emergence of much false and fabricated information concerning this issue.
On Thursday, the Russian Air Force carried out more air strikes on 12 ISIS positions in Homs, Hama and Idleb as part of the agreement between Syria and Russia to eliminate ISIS.
The army’s air force destroyed two convoys of armored vehicles for terrorist organizations in Aleppo on the road between the villages of Maraset al-Khan and al-Madyouna in al-Bab area, which is a supply route for terrorists across Turkey.
The airstrikes left a number of terrorists dead or injured, mostly from Jabhat al-Nusra, in addition to destroying their vehicles, some of which equipped with heavy machineguns.
In the southeastern countryside of the province, army units killed a number of terrorists as they targeted their positions in al-Salehiyeh, Tal Naam, Treidem, Jeb al-Safa, Hweijineh, Qseir al-Ward, Kabbara, Ein al-Hanash, Tal Faour and Talet al-Shawaya, 25 km away from Aleppo city.
Terrorists’ hideouts in the eastern countryside of Aleppo were targeted, particularly in the vicinity of al-Nairab airport and in Ein al-Jamajmeh, Hmeimeh al-Saghira, Rasm al-Abboud, Deir Hafer, al-Breij, Tal Istabl, Jaboul and al-Sheikh Ahmad.
The army units defending the Air Force Academy killed a number of ISIS terrorists and destroyed their arms and vehicles as they targeted their movements and positions in the vicinity of the academy.
Army units destroyed Jabhat al-Nusra positions in several neighborhoods in Aleppo city, including in al-Ramouseh, Salah-Eddin, al-Lairamoun, Bani Zaid, Karm al-Jabal and al-Zibdiyeh, while a number of terrorists were killed and their arms were destroyed in Kafr Hamra and Jib Ghabsha to the northwest of the city.
Army units defending the Deir Ezzor Airport thwarted terrorist large-scale attack from the airport’s western area and killed and injured large numbers of the assailants.
The army also foiled ISIS terrorists’ attempt to attack the al-Taym oild field in Deir Ezzor countryside and managed to destroy an explosive-rigged armored vehicle before reaching a military post in the area.
Dozens of terrorists, including groups’ leaders of non-Syrian nationalities, were killed in the process.
Field sources told SANA reporter that the army targeted Jabhet al-Nusra hideouts in Jub Turous area, 37 km to the north-east of Lattakia city, destroying a training camp, ammunition depots and vehicles.
Large number of terrorists was killed in the process.
Army units carried out accurate operations against ISIS’ dens and gatherings in Tadmour city (Palmyra) and its countryside in Homs.
The operations resulted in destroying a number of vehicles and a rocket launcher in the area surrounding Mathlath Tadmour and a den along with all terrorists inside it.
In the northern countryside, army units killed and injured all members of a terrorist group in Hwash al-Zabadi in addition to destroying a vehicle with all the terrorists inside it during army’s operations against Jabhat al-Nusra and other terrorist organizations.
Later on the day, an army unit killed and injured all members of an armed terrorist group in the area between Rakm al-Qasr and Talat al-Tawila in Homs eastern countryside.
Army units killed 5 terrorists and injured others after targeting their hideouts in a number of areas in Douma in the eastern al-Ghouta, Damascus Countryside.
The army also targeted terrorists’ hideouts in Deir al-Asafir, Zibdin and in Jobar neighborhood, killing and injuring scores of terrorists and destroying their hideouts and concentrations.
Army units, in cooperation with the popular defense groups, carried out operations against Jabhat al-Nusra positions in the northern countryside of the southern Quneitra province.
A number of terrorists were killed as their hideouts were destroyed in al-Hamediyeh and Ufania villages.
Gatherings of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists were targeted in Abu Shatta village to the south of Jbata al-Khashab town, which is a main fortification for Jabhat al-Nusra.