Russia Long-Range Warplanes Intensify Attacks on ISIS near Syria’s Palmyra

Russia Long-Range Warplanes Intensify Attacks on ISIS near Syria’s Palmyra
Thu Jul 14, 2016 19:28:49

Russia used six long-range bombers to target terrorist forces and oil sites in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry reported, saying it’s intensifying airstrikes near Palmyra.

The Tu-22M3 bombers flew all the way form the Russian territory to deliver their deadly cargo, RT reported.

The ministry also released a video of the operation.

The airstrikes focused around as-Suhnah and Arak, the Russian military said. Both towns are located East of Palmyra on a strategic road connecting the ancient city with Deir Ezzor, an ISIS stronghold in the East of Syria.

“The strikes destroyed a command point, a militant -held camp, two oil pumping sites, a significant number of enemy personnel and hardware,” the military reported.

The US-led coalition fighting ISIS separately from Russia was duly notified of the pending mission, the ministry noted.

Russian airstrikes in Syria this week hit over 50 targets since Tuesday, the ministry said.

Moscow sent warplanes at the request of the Syrian government in September last year, turning the tide of the bloody war, but has since downsized its military presence in Syria. One of the biggest successes of the campaign was the re-capture of Palmyra from ISIS in March, FNA reported.

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