Russian Warplanes Destroy ISIL Base in Syria's Idlib
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Russian Su-24M and Su-34 bombers operating from the Hmeymim airbase have destroyed a number of key ISIL facilities, a Defense Ministry spokesman said.
The Russian Air Force has carried out airstrikes in Syria's Homs province against three Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) facilities and destroyed two weapons depots, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Gen.-Maj. Igor Konashenkov said Monday.
"Two terrorist arms depots were destroyed by Su-34 [Fullback fighter bombers] and Su-24 [Fencer attack aircraft]. The depots caught on fire after the strikes, destroying the facilities," Konashenkov told journalist, Sputnik News reported.
In a forest area near Idlib, a hidden terrorist base was detected, the Defense Ministry spokesman said. There were about 30 automobile and armoured vehicles including T-55 tanks seized from the Syrian army earlier.
In addition, Russian Su-24M bombers have completely wiped out an ISIL command point near the Syrian city of Al-Rastan. "As a result of a direct hit, the object was completely destroyed," Konashenkov said.
Three facilities used by ISIL terrorists were also hit near Talbiseh in the Homs province.
Russian Su-25 attack aircraft hit an ISIL camp near Jisr al-Shughur in the Idlib province, destroying a terrorist warehouse and four vehicles, which caught fire when ammunition detonated, Konashenkov added.
Altogether, the Russian air group deployed in Syria struck nine ISIL facilities over the past 24 hours. Russian Su-34, Su-24M, Su-25 jets completed a total of 25 sorties from the Hmeymim airbase, according to the ministry.
All Russian Air Force airstrikes in Syria are directed at the disorganization of the command system, as well as against ISIL's technical support, Konashenkov said.