Russian Air Force Destroys ISIL Command Center and Training Camp
The Russian Air Force's Su-34 Fullback strike fighters have destroyed an Islamic State command center and training camp, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Gen.-Maj. Igor Konashenkov said Friday.
"On October 1, Su-34s conducted strikes on an Islamic State training camp near the populated region of Mahdan-Jadid as well as against a covert command center near Qasert-Faraj to the southwest of Raqqa," Konashenkov told journalists.
Russian Aerospace Forces jets carried out 18 sorties over the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, destroying a total of 12 targets in the past 24 hours, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Gen.-Maj. Igor Konashenkov said.
"Su-25 attack aircraft have struck an IS training camp in the vicinity of Maarat Numan in Idlib Province. They destroyed the terrorists' bunkers, as well as arms and fuels depots," Konashenkov told reporters.
He said that the fortified ISIL command center has been damaged and that the infrastructure of the terrorist training camp has been fully destroyed.
On Wednesday, Russia started carrying out pinpoint airstrikes on ISIL targets in Syria. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, during the first two days of the operation the country's aircraft hit over 10 targets, among them an explosives factory, an arms depot and an IS coordination center. The targets were chosen based on intelligence, including air surveillance, gathered and verified by Russia and Syria.