Russia: 1,600 Targets Destroyed in 1 month
The Russian Air Force has conducted some 1,400 sorties in Syria since the start of Moscow’s anti-terror operation. They have eliminated more than 1,600 terrorist targets in one month, Russia’s military said.
Among the destroyed targets are 249 command posts, 51 militants’ training camps, 131 ammunition and fuel depots and 786 field bases, Colonel General Andrey Kartapolov of Russia’s General Staff said on Friday.
Twenty-eight of the “most odious” terrorist leaders have been eliminated, the military report said. With the help of Russian airstrikes, the Syrian army managed to free over 50 towns and villages in such provinces as Aleppo, Latakia, Idlib, Homs and Damascus, the General Staff official said, adding that the freed territories make up to around 350 square kilometers (350,000 hectares).
espite Islamic State’s “considerable losses and mass walkout,” it’s too early to talk about “complete victory” over the terrorists in Syria, Kartapolov stressed, adding the militants are continuing their stand against Syrian government troops in a number of regions. But “all their [terrorists’] efforts of counter attacks have been timely suppressed by the Syrian Army,” the Russian military official said.
In some regions, it is more difficult to defeat the jihadists. Over the years they have turned the areas into powerful organized tactical localities, with a wide network of underground passages and hideouts, Kartapolov said.
Commanders from several militant groups that were part of Al-Nusra Front, have decided to join the ranks of the so-called “moderate opposition,” the General Staff said, adding that in this way they hope “to receive political and financial support from abroad.”