TEHRAN (FNA)- Russia’s Syria Group Commander Col. Gen. Sergei Surovikin said on Wednesday that the country’s Air Force Su-34 and Su-35 have carried out a large number of combat sorties over ISIL’s positions and movements in the outskirts of the Eastern city of Deir Ezzur to prevent the terrorist group from regrouping.
The Russian commander said that Su-34 strike fighters and Su-35 multirole jets are constantly destroying ISIL’s targets, mainly armored vehicles including battle tanks, convoys with ammunition and artillery, preventing them from regrouping.
The Russian Aerospace Forces have killed or wounded over 1,200 terrorists, 83 armored vehicles and more than 200 cars over two weeks, Surovikin said.
The Russian jets have carried out more than 1,400 sorties delivering some 2,600 strikes against command posts, camps and groups of militants, he specified.
“Eighty-three vehicles, over 200 cars with mounted heavy machineguns, multiple launch rocket systems, artillery pieces and anti-aircraft weapons were destroyed and more than 1,200 terrorists were killed or injured,” Surovikin said.
Russia’s advanced Su-34 and Su-35 planes are attacking new targets thus preventing ISIL terrorists from regrouping and accomplishing their plans, he added.
Moscow has been conducting an operation against terrorists in Syria since September 30, 2015, at President Bashar Assad’s request.
The Russian Defense Ministry said earlier today that the Russian fighter jets and a warship destroyed ISIL’s fortified areas, underground tunnels, artillery positions and ammunition depots near Deir Ezzur.
It added that the Russian strikes on ISIL terrorist group’s positions, including frigate’s strikes with cruise missiles from the Mediterranean, allowed the Syrian Armed Forces to break the 3-year-long siege of Deir Ezzur.
On Tuesday, the army troops entered the 137th Artillery Brigade Base in the Western outskirts of Deir Ezzur city, lifting the ISIL terrorists’ siege of the city after approximately 1,100 days.
The army soldiers, backed up by the country’s Air Force and Russian fighter jets, prevailed over the last strongholds of ISIL in the Western outskirts of Deir Ezzur city and reached positions of their comrades in the 137th Artillery Brigade Base, the sources said, adding that ISIL’s siege of Deir Ezzur city has ended after more than three years.
The sources added that a number of the army forces and military vehicles entered the 137th Artillery Brigade Base via a newly-set corridor.