Russian Su-24, Su-25 and Su-34s have conducted more than eighty-one sorties resulting in 263 successfully hit targets within forty-eight hours in eight Syrian provinces. The airstrikes were aimed at the Islamic State (IS) and other militants. The Russian aircraft then returned to base and landed at the Russian Khmeimim airbase in Latakia.
The Russian Air Force struck targets in the province of:
- Deir ez-Zor
Russia’s Defence Ministry spokesman, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, confirmed the airstrikes on 5 November.
“In the past two days, aircraft from the Russian air group in the Syrian Arab Republic have conducted 81 sorties and hit 283 [terrorist] targets in the provinces of Aleppo, Damascus, Deir ez-Zor, Idlib, Latakia, Raqqa, Hama and Homs,” the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said.”
Near the city of Palmyra, a Su-24 bomber destroyed an ISIL fortified area, according to Konashenkov.
“In the area of Tadmur in the province of Homs, a Su-24 bomber destroyed a major ISIL fortified area, as well as a tank firing position, a Zu-23 anti-aircraft gun and a mortar battery. The destroyed fortified area was located over 30 kilometers away from ancient Palmyra.”
Konashenkov explicitly specified that the bombings were made “at a considerable distance from historical landmarks.” Islamic State militants destroyed the Temple of Baalshamin in Palmyra back in August 2015.
Moreover, the Su-24s also bombed an IS repair facility, in the vicinity of the Al-Nayrab airport, Aleppo province. Tanks and vehicles were being repaired at the facility.
Airstrikes were also conducted against the al-Nusra Front. A training camp in the Deir ez-Zur province was destroyed by a Su-34 guided bomb. Training infrastructure, buildings and facilities used for storing explosives were successfully destroyed in the strike.
The Nusra Front was also targeted by Su-25s in the Idlib province. An ammunition depot with anti-tank missiles was destroyed by the two Su-25s.
Konashenkov said the missiles were aimed at targeting Syrian army armoured vehicles. The joint Information Center in Baghdad notified the Russian command in Syria about the anti-tank missiles.
“According to data received from the joint Information Center in Baghdad, a batch of anti-tank missiles was delivered to one of the ammunition depots near Maarrat al-Nu’man in the province of Idlib. After the information had been confirmed via several channels, a pair of SU-25 jets carried out strikes hitting the target and destroying the warehouse together with its contents.”
More strikes were directed against ISIL in the mountains of Jebel-Mgar near Damascus. Another ammunition depot, shelters for equipment and a command post were located in caves of the mountain. Russian jets also destroyed two fortified positions in Raqqa, Konashenkov said.
“Su-34 bombers hit by two fortified checkpoints of terrorists located on the outskirts of the city of Raqqa. A pinpoint strike with a bomb destroyed terrorist fortifications, as well as four units of armored vehicles.”
The bombers sent a guided bomb on a bridge controlled by militants.
On 3 November 15, the Russian Defense Ministry said that its Air Force (RusAF) has flown more than 1,631 sorties and struck 2,084 militant targets. Averaging 1.2 hits per sortie, the RusAF has been very successful in their air campaign.