The Russian Aerospace Forces have killed 304 ISIS members, including 7 military commanders, in Syria’s Euphrates Valley over the past two days, spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry Major General Igor Konashenkov said on Tuesday.
“Over the past two days, the aircraft of Russia’s Aerospace Forces continued destroying the Islamic State [ISIS] group on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River. The confirmed terrorists casualties in this area were 304 killed and more than 170 wounded. Seven field commanders of different levels were killed, including a native of Kazakhstan, Abu Islyam al-Kazaki, who coordinated the operation of the Islamic State’s storming forces in the Euphrates valley,” the general said.
Konashenkov added that an ISIS training center for foreign members, 3 command posts, 9 strong points, 8 battle tanks, 3 artillery pieces, 17 techicals with large-caliber weapons , 4 ammunition depots and a mobile sniper group were also desetroyed.
The Russian airstrikes took place amid the continued clashes between government forces and ISIS in central Syria where the terrorist group was attempting to cut off the strategic Palmyra-Deir Ezzor highway. This highway is one of the key supply line to government assault units operating in the Euphrates Valley.