DAMASCUS, SYRIA (4:30 P.M.) – The Russian aerospace forces continue to pound positions of the internationally-designated terror group Islamic State in the war-torn Syria.
For the second consecutive day, Russia’s Tupolev Tu-22M3 long-range bombers conducted deadly airstrikes against ISIS positions in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor.
“The air strike targeted terrorists’ arms depots, shelters for military hardware, strongholds and command posts,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
“Su-30SM fighter jets from the Hmeymim airbase provided cover for the long-range bombers over Syria. After successfully accomplishing their mission, the Russian planes returned to their home aerodromes,” the statement said.
The airstrikes come as the Syrian forces, backed by allies, continue to overrun ISIS militants in the oil-rich province, liberating more neighborhoods of the provincial capital.