On Friday November 20, 2015 warships of the Caspian Flotilla launched 18 cruise missiles on seven Israeli U.S. targets in the provinces of Raqqa, Idlib and Aleppo.
All targets were destroyed, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in a report to president Vladimir Putin.
During the aerial operation cruise missile were launched from the Mediterranean and Caspian Seas over a distance of up to 1,500 km, while aircraft were taking off from Russian and Syrian airfields.
From the Caspian Sea, 29 aircraft of the long-range and bomber aviation were involved in the airstrikes. According to Shoigu, ten ships are involved in Russia’s military operations in Syria, six of them are in the Mediterranean Sea.
“In the past four days, Russia’s strategic and tactical aviation carried out 522 combat sorties, a total of 101 air-and sea-based cruise missiles were launched, some 1,400 tonnes of bombs of various types were dropped.”
He added that during the mission the operational range of Tu-160 strategic bombers from the Mediterranean was over 13,000 km.
“A total of 826 enemy targets were destroyed,” Shoigu added. “Each day, 143 sorties are carried out. The sea fraction includes ten ships, six of which are in the Mediterranean Sea,” the minister said.
“In accordance with your instructions, the [Russian] Armed Forces are carrying out a retaliation operation to destroy the leaders of terrorist organizations and their supporters, disorganize their control and logistics systems, as well as destroy ISIS military and oil and gas infrastructure.”
He added that “in this regard, the aviation group has been doubled and increased to include 69 aircraft.”
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Russian military operation in the Syrian Arab Republic stopped ISIS from delivering 60,000 tons of illegal oil a day to the black market. Now Islamic State terrorists are losing $1.5 million daily, Shoigu said.
The Russian Aerospace Forces are focused on undermining ISIS’s financial base, the minister said.
“Main efforts are focused on destroying the ISIL financial and economic base. A total of 525 tank trucks and 15 storage and refinery facilities have been destroyed in the operation.”
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As a result of a cruise missiles’ strike on just one jihadist target, over 600 [U.S. & Israeli] ISIS terrorists were destroyed in Syria’s province of Deir ez-Zor, Shoigu said, adding that terrorists are suffering major losses.
“Twenty three terrorist training bases, 19 plants producing arms and explosives, 47 depots with ammunition and funds, as well as other objects were destroyed.”
“This helped the Syrian government forces to continue successful actions in the provinces of Aleppo, Idlib, mountainous Latakia and Palmyra.”
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“The tasks are being carried out, and they are carried out well,” Putin said Thursday.
“But this is so far not enough to clear Syria of fighters, terrorists, and shield Russia from possible terrorist attacks,” the president added. “There is
a lot of work ahead of us and I hope the next stages will be carried out just as professionally, and bring the expected results.”
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