Attack aircraft from the Russian air group deployed in Syria carried out record 67 combat missions in the past 24 hours hitting a total of 60 Islamic State targets, the Russian General Staff said Friday.Russia says kills 300 militants in Syria in most intense raids yet
"In the past 24 hours, the Russian combat aircraft carried out 67 missions. The Sukhoi Su-34 and Su-24SM planes destroyed 60 terrorist targets," Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Lt. Gen. Igor Makushev told reporters in Moscow.
Russia’s Sukhoi Su-25, Su-24M and Su-34 attack aircraft, with the support of Su-30 jets, commenced precision airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria on September 30, following a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, since the beginning of the air campaign Russian air forces have carried out about 140 strikes against terrorist positions, including command centers, training camps and ammunition depots. Russian warships in the Caspian Sea fired 26 cruise missiles on ISIL targets on Wednesday.
Russia's air force hit 60 Islamic State targets in Syria over the past 24 hours and killed around 300 militants, the Defence Ministry said on Friday, in Moscow's most intense raids yet since it first launched strikes on Syria 10 days ago.
The increased pace of attacks was aimed at preventing militants from re-grouping and dispersing in populated areas, the ministry said. In the previous updates, the Moscow had been reporting hitting about 10 targets daily.
The ministry said in a statement that air force jets used KAB-500 precision guided bombs to destroy a headquarters of the Liwa al-Haqq militant group in Syria's Raqqa province.
The ministry, citing intercepted radio communications, said the raid killed two senior Islamic State field commanders and some 200 militants there.
Liwa al Haqq is not connected to ISIS ?????
Liwa al-Haqq is not connected to Islamic State, so it was not clear what the two field commanders were doing at the group's base.
So it was not clear what the two field commanders were doing at the group's base???
The ministry also said it destroyed an Islamic State base and munitions storage set up in a former prison near Aleppo, killing another 100 militants.Isn't it amazing that Russia has struck ISIS & struck them hard, while the NATO allies bombed & bombed. Then bombed some more! And still, ISIS managed to expand territory and increase ranks. So curious...
When I came into office...Syria was Russia's only ally in the region," Obama said in the interview, the complete version of which will air this Sunday.
"And today, rather than being able to count on their support and maintain the base they had in Syria, which they've had for a long time. Mr. Putin now is devoting - his own troops, his own military, just to barely hold together by a thread his sole ally," he said.
When the journalist conducting the interview said that Russia is "challenging your leadership, Mr. President," and is "bombing the people - that we are supporting," Obama questioned whether that was any indication of leadership at all.
"If you think that running your economy into the ground and having to send troops in, in order to prop up your only ally is leadership, then we've got a different definition of leadership," he said.With a straight face undoubtedly.
From earlier cause I'm playing catch up myself!