Russia’s long-range bombers and fighter jets took off – for the first time – from an Iranian airbase, and carried out multiple sorties against hardline militants in north and eastern Syria.
“On August 16, 2016, Tu-22M3 long-range bombers and Su-34 tactical bombers took off from the “Hamedan” airbase (the Islamic Republic of Iran) and carried out a concentrated airstrike on objects of the ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist groupings in the provinces of Aleppo, Deir ez-Zor and Idlib”, Russian Ministry of Defense said in an official statement.
The airstrikes destroyed 5 large ammunition depots with armament, munitions and fuel, training camps of militants near Serakab, Al-Ghab, Aleppo and Deir ez-Zor cities, 3 control centres of militants near the cities Jafra and Deir ez-Zor as well as a significant number of militants, according to the statement.
“Ammunition depots, training camps and control centres destroyed by the bombing had been used for support of militant groupings near Aleppo”, the statement read.
The long-range bombers were covered by Su-30SM and Su-35S which had also taken off from the same airbase.
All Russian aircraft have returned to the airfield after accomplishing the combat task.