Russian Air Force destroyed around 1,100 terrorist positions in Syria since beginning of 2016

Moscow, SANA – The General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation said that the Russian Air Force destroyed around 1,100 terrorist positions in Syria since the beginning of 2016.

Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff, Forces Lt.Gen. Sergei Rudskoy, stated on Monday that within the first 10 days of 2016, the Russian Air Force carried out 311 sorties targeting 1,097 terrorist positions in the countryside of Damascus, Aleppo, Idleb, Lattakia, Hama, Homs, Deir Ezzor, Hasaka, Daraa, and Raqqa provinces.

He said that the airstrikes targeted petroleum infrastructure controlled by terrorists, sites for extracting and refining oil, positions where terrorist groups were stationed, and military equipment, asserting that the airstrikes focus on weakening the capabilities of terrorist organizations and providing direct support to the Syrian Arab Army and other formations fighting ISIS.

Rudskoy noted that the most significant successes in battle against terrorists were achieved in Aleppo, Lattakia, Hama, Homs, and Raqqa provinces, adding that the Syrian Army reestablished control over 153 towns and villages with the support of the Russian Air Force.

The Russian Air Force has been carrying out sorties targeting terrorist sites in Syria since September 30th 2015 as per an agreement signed by Syria and Russia to fight terrorism and eliminate ISIS.

Hazem Sabbagh

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