DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:35 P.M.) – Tu-95 long-range bombers of the Russian Aerospace Forces targeted, today, positions for the jihadi groups of ISIS and Jabhet al-Nusra in Syria’s Deir Ezzor and Idlib provinces.
“Tu-95MS strategic bombers have carried out strikes with cruise missiles against the facilities of international terrorist groups in Syria. Taking off from the Engels airfield in Russia, the Tu-95s bombers flew over the territory of Iran and Iraq to perform the mission,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.
Konashenkov added that key positions and infrastructure for the terror organizations in both provinces have been targeted by the highly-destructive H-101 cruise missiles.
The bombers were escorted by Su-30 and Su-35 aircrafts – stationed at the coastal airbase of Khmeimim – to provide cover.
“The sudden strikes destroyed the terrorists’ command posts, areas where militants and their equipment were concentrated, as well as ammunition depots,” Konashenkov said, adding that “objective control data confirmed that all targets were struck.”
While the strikes on ISIS in Deir Ezzor comes to assist the Syrian ground forces achieving more advances in the oil-rich province, the deadly aerial bombardment in Idlib is seen as a retaliation against the ultraconservative militants for violating the de-escalation zone agreement by attacking the Syrian Army positions in north Hama countryside.