JNN 01 Nov 2015 Damascus : Army officials in Damascus said that Syrian and Russian warplanes have carried out many sorties over the terrorists’ strongholds in different parts of Aleppo province, inflicting heavy casualties on the Terrorists.
Russia on Friday said its Air force had destroyed 1,623 “terrorist targets” in Syria in a month-old bombing campaign to support forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.
“Overall our planes made 1,391 sorties, destroying 1,623 terrorist targets,” including 51 training camps and 131 storage facilities, Andrei Kartapolov, a senior defence ministry official, said in televised comments.
Kartapolov added that 249 communication and command posts, 35 car bomb workshops, 371 fortified positions and 786 field camps and bases were also destroyed.
Russia has carried out strikes since September 30, publishing nearly daily information about the campaign it says targets primarily Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) jihadists.
The U.S. and its allies — which are carrying out a separate bombing campaign — says Moscow has however concentrated on other groups which oppose both IS and Assad.
The Russian military has claimed its strikes have caused panic and mass desertion among the terrorist ranks,
The source said that most of the positions of the militant groups in the Northern Aleppo province were targeted and destroyed in the massive airstrikes of the Russian and Syrian air forces.
The sources further added that the Saturday air attacks have considerably weakened the militants’ defense lines.
Battlefield sources said on Saturday that the Syrian army, backed by Hezbollah fighters and Russian warplanes, are about to start the last phase of their operations to push back the terrorists from the entire city of Aleppo and its countryside.
The source said that very good cooperation and coordination among the Syrian armed forces, Hezbollah and the Russian air force, along with widening gaps, disunity and hopelessness among the ranks of the militants, promise the imminent liberation of the Northern province of Aleppo.
In mid-October, several fighters of the Lebanese Hezbollah arrived in Aleppo to join the Syrian army to carry out a large-scale anti-militant operation in the Northern city of Aleppo in the coming days with the Russian aerial backup.
The sources said at the time that after the victories of the Syrian army and Hezbollah in Zabadani and conclusion a six-month-long ceasefire agreement with the militants in the nearby areas of Syria-Lebanon border, a 200-member group of Hezbollah fighter has been dispatched to the battlefronts in Aleppo.
The sources said that the experienced fighters of Hezbollah, the Syrian army troops and the Russia air force are to carry out a massive joint operation to recapture the second import Syrian city of Aleppo in the coming day.
The defence ministry nonetheless said that ground offensives by the Syrian army in the Aleppo, Latakia, Hama and Homs provinces had led government forces to recapture some 350 square kilometres (135 square miles) of territory in the last three weeks. The village of Sneisil in the Homs region was among the areas recaptured by the government, the Russian defence ministry said, adding that there was intense fighting for control of Salma, a village in the northwestern province of Latakia. Kartapolov also claimed that Terrorists with Al-Qaeda affiliate Nusra Front and Islamic State group, who have been fighting each other for months, have “joined forces” in Hama province. The latest bombing claims come as Russia’s foreign minister is meeting with his counterparts from 17 other countries involved in the Syria conflict — including the U.S. and Iran — in the broadest diplomatic push yet to find a solution to the crisis.
Morw than 800,000 refugees are set to return to Syria thanks to Vladimir Putin’s efforts to obliterate the ISIS terrorist group .
Many desperate asylum seekers have made their way to Europe via boats to Greece.
But Russia’s bid to wipe out ISIS has been so successful that almost a million Syrians are elected to return to their homeland, Russian politician Dmitry Sablin claimed.
The senator, who recently visited Syria, said: “Syrian president Bashar al Assad praised the actions of the Russian Aerospace Forces in Syria.”
“He said thousands of terrorists are now fleeing Syria, and refugees are returning.”
The Al-Nusra Front – the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda – was formed in 2012 during the on-going Syrian civil war