ISIS Positions Attacked by Russian Tu-22M3 Bombers near Syria's Raqqa

ISIS Positions Attacked by Russian Tu-22M3 Bombers near Syria's Raqqa
Thu Aug 11, 2016 15:06:38

Six Tu-22M3 long-range bombers which took off in Russia attacked ISIS positions in areas Southeast, North and Northeast of the city of Raqqa in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

"On August 11, six Tu-22M3 long-range bombers carried out a concentrated high-explosive ammunition attack on targets of the ISIL terrorist group near the city of Raqqa," said the statement, Sputnik reported.

The aircraft destroyed ammo and oil depots, a chemical weapons factory and a major training filed dealing a heavy blow to the terrorists' facilities and manpower.

"Su-30SM and Su-35S jets were covering the bombers. After accomplishing the combat task all Russian planes returned safely to their airfields."

Russia has been conducting a counterterrorist campaign in Syria since September 30, 2015, at President Bashar Assad's request. On March 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the Defense Ministry to withdraw the bulk of the Russian military contingent from Syria, FNA reported.


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