A wave of Russian airstrikes in Syria has killed at least 21 fighters of the terrorist organization DAISH (Islamic State, IS, ISIL – banned in Russia) in the last 24 hours. Al-Arabiya TV channel, quoting the London-based non-governmental organization “Syrian Observatory for Human Rights” (SOHR), reported today, February 20.
More than two dozen fighters were killed in at least 130 airstrikes “carried out by Russian air forces in the past 24 hours against the ISIS group in the provinces of Aleppo, Hama, and Raqqa,” the SOHR report said.
The air raids, which continued on Saturday, followed a series of terrorist attacks a day earlier on government forces that killed at least eight militiamen fighting on Bashar al-Assad’s side.
As the media reported, ISIS militants ambushed another convoy of Syrian government troops in Deir ez-Zor province on February 8. According to foreign monitoring organizations, the attack resulted in the death of about 30 Assad’s soldiers. A few days earlier, terrorists had killed 19 Syrian soldiers and pro-government militiamen in central Syria. And last December, nearly 40 Syrian soldiers were killed when ISIS ambushed a bus carrying Assad’s soldiers in the largest ambush to date.
In recent weeks, fierce clashes between the Syrian army and mobile terrorist units have continued along several front lines within the Aleppo-Hama-Raqqa triangle, as well as in the eastern districts of Homs province. The activation of Syrian fighters prompted planes of the Russian air group in the SAR to carry out a new series of airstrikes on the militants’ targets in the provinces of Hama, Homs, and Raqqa. The frequency of combat sorties by Russian Air Force aircraft increased after the Dec. 30 attack on a bus in Deir ez-Zor province, which was backed by Syrian fighters. The bus was carrying soldiers of the 4th Division of the Syrian Armed Forces on the road between Homs and Deir ez-Zor. The attack killed 37 servicemen