Syrian War Report – July 13, 2016: Russian Strategic Bombers Strike ISIS

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Six Russian strategic bombers (Tupolev Tu-22M3) have conducted air strikes against a major ISIS camp and ammunition depots in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry (MoD) reported on July 12. The strategic bombers passed through Iranian and Iraqi airspace and delivered concentrated high-explosive ammunition airstrikes on targets east of the towns of Palmyra and As Sukhnah, and the village of Arak. The MoD said a large militant field camp, three depots of arms and munitions, three tanks, four infantry combat vehicles and eight vehicles fitted with heavy machine guns were destroyed and a large number of ISIS fighters neutralized.

Separately, on July 12, Russian warplanes conducted airstrikes in the West Ghouta region of rural Damascus, destroying militant targets near Khan Al-Sheih. A large number members of Al-Nusra and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham.

Up to 25 ISIS militants were killed in a fresh offensive of the Syrian army and its allies in the Deir Ezzor province where pro-government forces were advancing on the Tayyem Oil Fields and Al-Haweeqa District. Clashes are ongoing.

In Aleppo, additionally to attempts to regain the Mallah Farms, Al Nusra, Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki and its allies launched fresh attacks on Al-Breij and Al-Manasher near the Handarat Camp. However, pro-government forces were able to prevent the militants from any significant gains. The Castell Road is still under the army artillery fire.

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  • Boris Kazlov

    Great news! This is music to my eard, the smell of charred terrorist bodies is better than barbecue.
    BUt… how come Putin declared “mission accomplished” and is still bombing terrorists? Politicians have a way of spinning things.

    • Arseny

      I think you misinterpreted his message a little bit, what he did announce was a partial not a full withdrawal, and he said that the operation on the whole managed to fulfill its objectives, quite different from saying mission acomplished we’re going home. During the same announcement he said that a permanant air force grouping will remain in Syria and will continue to fight the terrorists and if and when the situation changes they may still increase their presence, so far I think he has been consistent on that message