DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:15 P.M.,) – The Russian warplanes conducted more than 50 sorties against positions and outposts for the Islamic State near the group’s former stronghold of Aqirbat in the eastern countryside of Hama.
“On Monday alone Russian planes flew more than 50 sorties near Akerbat to wipe out nearly 180 terrorist targets – terrorists’ pockets of resistance and strongholds, underground shelters, command centers, terrorists groups, artillery positions and ammunition depots and fuel and lubricants warehouses,” the Russian military group’s chief of staff, Lieutenant-General Aleksandr Lapin, told the media on Tuesday.
The Syrian Army – backed by allied forces – is converging on the Islamic State’s militants holed up in east Ham enclave, and steadily liberating more villages and towns.
“The last remaining loopholes for delivering ammunition and materiel to the terrorists have been plugged. The Syrian army is pushing ahead with security sweeps to clear the areas west and north of Akerbat of terrorists. The terrorist groups still offer strong resistance despite the heavy losses they have sustained,” Lapin said.
The terror organization is exponentially collapsing in east Hama since its major heartland Aqirbat fell to the government forces two weeks ago.