The chief of the main operations department of the Russian General Staff, Lieutenant General Sergey Rudskoy, said on Wednesday that the Russian Air Force has destroyed more than 200 terrorist-controlled oil facilities and 2,000+ transport vehicles since the genesis of their counter-terrorism operations in Syria.
“The air task force has destroyed over 200 facilities of oil extraction, refining and pumping on the territories controlled by terrorist groupings in Syria, as well as more than 2,000 means for the delivery of oil products,” Rudskoi said at the 5th Moscow conference on international security.
Russia’s primary focus in Syria has been to tackle the terrorist groups wrecking havoc in the region.
One of the ways they have combated terrorist groups like Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) has been through the constant targeting of their economic assets.
The Russian Air Force has effectively obstructed much of ISIS’ oil trade in Syria; this has caused several economic woes for the terrorist group because they heavily rely on this commodity for revenue.
“The resources base of the illegal armed formations of the ISIL and al-Nusra Front (Qaeda branch in the Levant) has been undermined. The terrorist groupings have lost their main source of revenues from the illegal sale of oil, which, in turn, has limited their possibilities for the purchase of armaments, ammunition and the provision of money allowance to militants,” Rudskoi said.
Lt. General Rudskoy concluded by stating that the Russian Air Force has conducted 9,500 combat sorties, destroying over 29,000 terrorist targets across the country.