MOSCOW, November 17. /TASS/. Six long-range bombers Tupolev-22M3 of Russia’s Aerospace Force on Friday hit targets of the Islamic State (terrorist group outlawed in Russia) near Abu Kamal, in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
Дальние бомбардировщики Ту-22М3 нанесли авиационный удар по объектам террористов ИГИЛ в #Сирия https://t.co/1HqeYxgVcC pic.twitter.com/ZMhkNEtQE3— Минобороны России (@mod_russia) 17 November 2017
"On November 17, 2017 six long-range bombers Tupolev-22M3 left an airbase in Russia, crossed Iranian and Iraqi airspace and carried out a massive air strike against facilities of the terrorist organization Islamic State near Abu Kamal, in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor province, such as strongholds, manpower and armored vehicles. Monitoring equipment confirmed that all of the designated targets were hit," the Defense Ministry said.
The bombers were escorted by Sukhoi-30SM fighters from the Hmeymim airbase. Having completed their mission, all Russian warplanes returned to base safely, the Defense Ministry said.
Earlier, Russia’s air group and the permanent naval group in the Mediterranean repeatedly furnished support for Syrian government troops in their offensive against terrorist groups in Deir ez-Zor Province.
On October 31, the Russian Defense Ministry said the submarine Veliki Novgorod attacked Islamic State facilities with Kalibr cruise missiles from the Mediterranean. Later in November, six Tupolev-22M3 bombers raided terrorists near Abu Kamal.
On November 3, a group of another Tupolev-22M3 planes and the submarine Kolpino also dealt a massive missile and bomb strike against Islamic State infrastructures near Abu Kamal.