Russian Strikes in Syria Begin, Putin Urges Countries to Join Intel. Force
The Russian Defense Ministry announced on Wednesday afternoon the start of Russian airstrikes against ISIL terrorists’ sites in Syria, its first military engagement outside the former Soviet Union since the occupation of Afghanistan in 1979.
Russian warplanes carried out strikes in three Syrian provinces along with Syrian aircraft. RT quoted the Defense Ministry as saying that several special strikes have been directed at sites for ISIL terrorist organization in several areas in Syria.
In the same context, a military source told SANA that in implementation of the agreement between Syria and Russia to combat international terrorism and eliminate ISIL, Russian aircrafts, in cooperation with the Syrian army’s Air Force, launched on Wednesday a number of airstrikes against ISIL dens in al-Rastan, Talbeisa, al-Zaafran, al-Tolol al-Humr, Aydon, Deir Fol and the area surrounding Salmia in the central region in Syria, achieving direct hits and inflicting heavy losses upon the terrorist organization.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who earlier Wednesday won parliamentary permission to use force abroad, warned Russia would be hunting down ISIL militants before they target Russia.
Addressing Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, Putin said: “We are counting on his active and flexible position, his readiness for compromise for the sake of his country and his people.”
He pledged that Russia would not get sucked into a protracted military operation in Syria and called on countries to join an intelligence task force Moscow is setting up with Iran, Iraq and Syria.
Russia will also present a UN draft resolution to the Security Council on countering terrorism to build up the fight against IS, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Addressing the General Assembly for the first time in a decade, Putin on Monday proposed creating a UN-backed coalition to fight the militants.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Presidency of the Syrian Arab Republic said that Russian strikes in Syria was carried out upon a request of the Syrian state conveyed via a letter sent by Assad to Putin, and that this comes within the framework of President Putin’s initiative for combating terrorism.
|30-09-2015 – 22:15 Last updated 30-09-2015 – 22:15|
Russian warplanes in cooperation with Syrian air forces bomb ISIS sites in central region
Wednesday, 30 September
PROVINCES,(ST)_Russian warplanes conducted today at noon the first strikes on ISIS sites in the central region upon the agreement reached between Syria and Russia to confront the international terrorism, a military source declared Wednesday.
The source added that the air strikes, which were conducted in cooperation with the Syrian air forces, targeted ISIS hideouts in al-Rastan, Talbeseh, al-Zaafaran, al-Tlol al-Homer, Eidon and Dirfol towns and on the outskirts of Salameyeh area in the central region.
The air strikes inflicted heavy losses on terrorists, the source confirmed.
Presidency of The Syrian Arab Republic has asserted that the Russian air forces sent to Syria upon request written by President Bashar al-Assad to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to confront terrorism.
RT said the upper chamber of the Russian parliament has unanimously given a formal consent to President Putin to use the nation’s military in Syria to fight terrorism at a request from the Syrian President Bashar Assad.
It quoted Head of the Russian presidential administration Sergey Ivanov as saying: “The military goal of the operation is strictly to provide air support for the [Syrian] government forces in their fight against Islamic State.”
“The bombing campaign is time-limited,” Ivanov added, not revealing a clear deadline for it. He said he was not authorized to disclose details of the operation such as the number of warplanes involved.
“All our partners and allies will be informed about our decision today through corresponding military channels. Specific military information will be provided as well, I believe,” he concluded.
Large numbers of terrorists killed
Back to results military operations carried out by Syrian army against terrorist organizations nationwide, the official news agency (SANA) said that army units killed large numbers of terrorists and destroyed and armored car belonging to them on the outskirts of al-Latamneh town, about 35km northwest of Homs city.
The agency added that army units destroyed 2 vehicles equipped with machine guns on a road linking Kafer Zetta and al-Zakat in the northern countryside of Hama and eliminated many Israeli-linked terrorists in Tranjeh town in Quneitra countryside.
Further terrorists were killed in and outside Aleppo and in Daraa al-Balad area in southern Daraa province.
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