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Russian aircraft hit 94 terrorist targets in Syria — Defense Ministry

October 26, 2015, 16:51 UTC+3
On the whole, over the past 72 hours, the Russian air force’s aircraft have performed 164 sorties on 285 IS facilities
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MOSCOW, October 26. /TASS/. Russian aircraft hit 94 terrorist targets in the Syrian provinces of Hama, Idlib, Latakia, Damascus, Aleppo and Deir ez-Zor, Russia's Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Monday.

On the whole, Russia’s air force has attacked 285 terrorist facilities in Syria over the past 72 hours, Igor Konashenkov said.

The Russian air force has continued strikes against the facilities of the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations over the past few days, the spokesman said.

"Over the past 72 hours, the Russian air force’s aircraft have performed 164 sorties on 285 IS facilities," the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said.

Russian Aerospace Defense Forces have destroyed a large ammunition depot of the Jebhat al-Nusra group in the Syrian province of Damascus, Igor Konashenkov told journalists.

"Near the East Ghouta settlement [Damascus province], an airstrike was delivered at a large ammunition depot of the Jebhat al-Nusra group located in two metal hnagars," he said.

He noted that both facilities were destroyed as a result of direct hit and ensuing explosion of ammunition.

Moreover, the Russian aviation group in Syria has destroyed in the Latakia province three strongpoints of the Islamic State militants with dugouts, machine gun bunkers and mortar positions, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman added.

"The Sukhoi Su-25 strike fighters have destroyed three IS militants’ strongpoints equipped with dugouts, machine gun bunkers and mortar positions in the vicinity of the Salma settlement, Latakia province," the official said.

According to the Defense Ministry, Russia’s Su-24 bombers also destroyed IS base in Syria’s Aleppo with offroad vehicles armed with large-caliber machineguns, air defense systems, mortars.

"Unmanned aerial vehicles detected a base of a large militant group of the ISIL terrorist grouping [the former name of the Islamic State terrorist group banned in Russia] in the area of the settlement of Hibrat el-Amia (in the Aleppo province) in the mountainous terrain with a large number of cross-country vehicles and equipped with large-caliber machineguns, ZU-23 air defense systems and mortars," Konashenkov said.

Russia’s Aerospace Defense Forces have destroyed the IS command post in the province of Aleppo used to coordinate actions against the Syrian army near the Kowaires military airbase, Defense Ministry’s official spokesman Igor Konashenkov told journalists.

"Near the Zaytan settlement in the province of Aleppo, Su-24 fighter jet delivered a strike at a command post of the IS terrorist organization uncovered by air intelligence, which was used to coordinate military actions against the Syrian army near the Kowaires military airbase. As a result of direct hit, the facility was completely destroyed," Konashenkov said.

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