Russian Airstrikes Destroys US-backed rebel HQ in Syria

A Russian Su-25 Frogfoot taking off
A Russian Su-25 Frogfoot taking off

Four airstrikes conducted by Russian pilots has destroyed ISIL terrorist staff and ammunition depot in Syria’s northwestern Idlib region, according to the press service of the Russian Defense Ministry. In total, eight sorties were flown by Russian Su-24 and Su-25 aircraft.

“During the night, Russian aviation bombed four Islamic State targets on Syrian territory. Eight sorties on Su-24M and Su-25 were conducted,” the press service said in a statement.

[UPDATE 144001102015 – The bombings in Idlib were not against ISIL. In fact, the region is controlled by US-backed rebels“The commander of the Liwa Suqour al-Jabal rebel group, which has received training by the CIA, says a training camp in Idlib province was struck by about 20 missiles in two separate sorties.”]

Russian Sukhoi Su-24

Russian Sukhoi Su-24 are conducting airstrikes in Syria.

The Ministry also confirmed another strike in the region of Hama: “A headquarters of terrorist groups and an arms depot were destroyed in the region of Ildib, as well as a militant three-level fortified command point in the region of Hama [in west-central Syria],” the press service said.”

Russia’s airstrike are approved by “[…]the leaders of the Syrian Army, which has established a Syrian Defense Ministry operative group at the Hmaimim Airbase,” the press service said.”

The Russian Defence Ministry has confirmed that its Air Force has already carried out more than twenty sorties, striking at least eight ISIL targets.

Russia has launched its air campaign against ennemies of al-Assad’s régime on Wednesday.  Iran, Syria, Iraq and Russia created a joint Baghdad information center to coordinate efforts against ISIL.

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Jonathan Wade is the director of the ‘The Sentinel Analytical Group’ and a decorated veteran of the Canadian Forces. Specialized in tactical, strategic, intelligence and geopolitics analysis, Jonathan has a fondness for technical details. His military experience brought him valuable insight on the realities of conflicts and war. A combat veteran of Afghanistan, Jonathan brings in in-theatre experience. Jonathan writes about Russia, Canada and Arctic.