In the course of the last 24 hours, aircraft of the Russian air group in the Syrian Arab Republic have performed 46 combat sorties engaging 83 terrorist facilities in the Hama, Idlib, Damascus, Aleppo and Deir ez-Zor provinces.
Near Aleppo, a facility of the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist grouping with workshop for manufacturing of radio-controlled bombs as well as a depot with explosives were destroyed.
After a pinpoint strike with guided air bombs and further detonation of explosives, the facility and 2 trucks, which had delivered tens of tons of explosives, were destroyed.
Near Khan Shaykhun settlement located in the al-Ghab plain, a large field camp of the Jabhat al-Nusra grouping was detected by the air reconnaissance. An airstrike conducted by a Su-25 attack aircraft eliminated the terrorist object with all its facilities: accommodation and training areas of militants, as well as depots, automobile vehicles.
In the Idlib province, a command-surveillance centre of the ISIS militants located on the Seryatel mountain was uncovered by reconnaissance UAVs. It used to carry out the control over the illegal armed groups at the battlefield as well as fire adjustment for mortar crews of militants. A strike of a Su-24M bomber aircraft hit the target.
Near Jisr al-Shughur (Idlib province), a Su-24M bomber destroyed a hidden ammunition depot of one of the ISIS terrorist group in this region detected by air reconnaissance.
On October 19, the means of radio interception received information concerning the meeting of commanders of illegal armed groups operating near Sarmin (Idlib province).
After additional check of the information through other channels concerning the time and place of the meeting, there was made a decision to make a strike on the meeting place of the militants’ commanders.
The meeting place, which was the underground floor of an abandoned building, was put under surveillance of UAVs.
Last night, a concentration of 9 off-road vehicles equipped with large-caliber machine guns was detected in that area.
A Su-34 bomber made a precision strike with a smart bomb KAB-500 destroying the whole object with its contents.
Means of radio reconnaissance intercepted information concerning the start of negotiations between the commanders of the ISIS and the Jabhat an-Nusra on making an alliance for containment of the Syrian governmental troops.
Particular attention should be paid to the information received through several channels concerning the tactics of militants retreating under the strikes of the Syrian governmental troops. Their actions are the evidence of their belonging to terrorist groupings. Before leaving the positions, they are laying minefields and planting remotely controlled mines in abandoned residential buildings and objects of social infrastructure.
The significant part of these mines are carefully hidden and equipped with countdown timers, which will detonate after a certain period of time that sometimes constitutes several weeks.
Such tactics will allow to make terrorist attacks in the areas liberated by the governmental troops after the return of the civil population and the start of reconstruction works.
After the combat task performance, all the Russian aircraft successfully returned to the Hmeymim airbase.
Elimination of a militants’ strong point (Aleppo province)
Pinpoint strike with a smart bomb KAB-500 against a single building, the underground floor of which, hosted a meeting of illegal armed groups’ comanders operating in the Idlib province