Today the Russian press is full of stories like this one, about the destruction of an ISIS “reactive artillery base” in the Syrian town of Idlib, which has been controlled by ISIS since May of this year.
Translator Note: The Russian acronym for ISIS/ISIL/Al Qaeda, whatever you want to call these guys, is ИГИЛ, which stands for Исламское государство Ирака и Леванта (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant). I’ll just call them ISIS, if you don’t mind. Because I am convinced, inside my own head, that whatever jokester inside the CIA came up with this name for their pets, he was a fan of the brilliant American TV show, “Archer”.
But, anyhow, returning to business:
The LifeNews piece quotes Russian Major-General Igor Konashenkov and includes a 40-second video.
Konashenkov: “Last night, as a result of reconaissance, several (of our) SU-24’s bombed a reactive artillery base of the militants, in the the area of the populated town Jisr al-Shughur. Our automated controls confirmed the destruction of the technology [of the militants] and the detonation of ammo supplies on the spot.”
Russian drones also uncovered some artillery positions (of the enemy) near the town of Jabel Koba [spelling?]. According to the Major-General, this time it was Russian SU-25’s which destroyed three artillery placements and also a cache of explosives.
Similarly, in this piece in KP, we see a short video, shot by the ISIS terrorists themselves, of the ruins of their own base, which has just been destroyed by Russian aviation.
The title of the video is: “ISIS tries to find their own base, after the SU-34 strike”.
Finishing off with a more in-depth piece in VZGLIAD. This one is entitled: “The Militant Islamists are starting to flee from Syria”.
As an inside source told the RIA Novosti news agency: “They [the Islamists] are afraid because of the activization of the [Syrian] army across the whole of the front line, they are scared of Russian air strikes.”
In his words: Finally given some breathing room to go on the counter-offensive, the Syrian army was able to strike at Al-Nusra and ISIS positions in the suburbs of Damascus itself, as well as the provinces of Deir ez-Zor and Homs.
In Homs, also according to this source, the Syrian army was able to wipe out 2 columns of ISIS militants near the city of Palmyra. Taking more losses now, the militant factions are starting to fight among themselves, according to another source. The local (Syrian) terrorists are asking the foreign mercenary terrorists to leave the area, fearing more Russian air strikes. There are conflicts between the factions, about who is in charge.
Today the Syrian air force flew helicopters over the towns of Al-Rastan and Talbisi [spelling?]. The helicopters dropped leaflets, asking the terrorists to lay down their arms. The leaflets also asked the civilian population to temporarily leave the area, because Syrian army is planning a massive operation right there.
The piece goes on to list a few other locations where action is taking place to clean out the various nests of jihadists and mercenaries.
In summary: Over the past 24 hours, Russian aviation has completed 20 runs of SU-34, SU-24 and SU-25. In all, ten ISIS objects have been bombed.
The piece concludes with a note that foreign, as well as dissident Russian (=pro-Ukrainian) press have accused Russia of “bombing the peaceful population” and causing casualties among civilians in Syria. Syria’s ambassador to Moscow, Riad Haddad, denied these rumors. Russian President Vladimir Putin also pointed out that these rumors started up instantaneously, even BEFORE any Russian plane had even left the ground. A Russian air force spokesperson reminded people that the goal of the Russian air strikes is only to destroy the infrastructure of ISIS. So that the Syrian army itself can take care of business on the ground.