BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – According the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD), the Russian air grouping in Syria conducted airstrikes against ISIS in Syria’s Deir Ezzor region on Tuesday that inflicted huge losses on the terrorist group’s manpower and military equipment.
The Russian MoD released a statement yesterday claiming that intense airstrikes by its Syrian-based combat aviation assets in and around the town of Ash-Shula (about thirty kilometers west of Deir Ezzor city) on Tuesday resulted in the killing of 200 ISIS militants and the destruction of four tanks, alongside another eight armored vehicles, belonging to the jihadist faction. Video evidence showing the aftermath of these strikes was released yesterday.
Over the period of Saturday to Tuesday, it is known that the Russian air grouping in Syria increased the rate of its sorties by 300 percent; virtually all of these combat missions targeted ISIS manpower, vehicles, positions and gathering points near Deir Ezzor city.
Furthermore, Russia carried out four cruise missile strikes (initially it was thought to be three) via a frigate stationed in the Mediterranean, destroying a communications center and three weapons depots used by ISIS in western Deir Ezzor.