Russian fighter jets operating in the Syrian skies have successfully targeted a major foreign-run military base in the northwest of the Arab country where elements of ISIL terrorist group were training militants for terror attacks.
The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Saturday that the country’s warplanes have, in the last 24 hours, carried out 39 combat sorties, hitting 49 targets across Syria, including a training base, where it said foreign ISIL instructors trained the militants.
“Not far from Salma in Lattakia province, a Su-24M bomber delivered a strike at a building, which was used as a terrorist training ground,” ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said, citing intelligence sources that there were ISIL foreign instructors training militants for “guerrilla warfare in areas liberated by the Syrian army.”
The Russian general said an explosives workshop inside the camp was destroyed during the attack.
According to the official, the 49 targets also included command points, weapons workshops, firing positions, depots and fortified bunkers.
On September 30, Russia started its air campaign against ISIL and other terrorists in Syria based on a request by the Syrian government.
The Syrian army managed on Saturday to restore security to the Hweija town in northern Aleppo countryside, after launching a military operation against the dens of the so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) takfiri group, leaving scores of its terrorists killed or wounded.