Syria: The Road to Victory – By Sputnik


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Start of operation
Russian pilots launched the first airstrikes against Daesh* facilities in the provinces of Homs and Hama. During the first week of flights more than 100 objects were destroyed
Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed a base, a camp and an ammunition depot of Daesh*
The Russian aviation destroyed a Daesh* training camp for foreign militants in the province of Idlib. Also, a pair of Su‑25 frontline bombers attacked a terrorist field camp
First strikes from the sea
Ships of the Russian Navy’s Caspian Fleet launched Kalibr cruise missile strikes against terrorist targets in Syria. 26 missiles were fired and 11 targets were destroyed
Offensive in Hama province
Backed by Russian Aerospace Forces, the Syrian Army began a large‑scale offensive in the province of Hama, where large units of Daesh* and Al‑Nusra Front were based. Over the next few days, several settlements were liberated
Liberation of the Hama-Salamiyah-Aleppo road
The Syrian government troops and Russian aviation liberated the only road linking the city of Aleppo with the rest of Syria. Two weeks earlier, the route had been blocked by terrorists who encircled Aleppo
Strikes on terrorists’ targets near Aleppo
Thanks to the support of Russian Aerospace Forces, arms supplies to terrorists in the cities of Aleppo and Idlib were prevented. This allowed the Syrian government forces to defeat seven detachments of terrorists totaling up to 900 people
Emergence of strategic aviation
For the first time since the beginning of a Russian Aerospace Forces operation in Syria, Russian strategic aviation was involved in the operation – the Tu‑160, the Tu‑95M3 fired 34 cruise missiles on the militants’ objects
Destruction of a column of Daesh* gasoline tanker trucks
In November 2015, the Russian Aerospace Forces’ “free hunt” for Daesh* gasoline trucks was announced. The Su‑34 fighter‑bombers destroyed a lot of tanks with oil products and oil refining bases. On November 18, a column of 500 tanker trucks was destroyed. This added to reducing terrorists’ incomes from smuggling oil
Kalibr cruise missile strikes from under the water
The long‑range Kalibr cruise missiles were for the first time launched from under the water in combat conditions. The missiles were launched by the diesel‑electric submarine Rostov‑on‑Don from the Mediterranean Sea, destroying two large terrorist points in Raqqa
Fighting near Damascus
Backed by Russian airstrikes, the Syrian government troops managed to regain control of a strategically important airbase Marj al‑Sultan, located 18 kilometers from the capital Damascus
Strikes in support of the Syrian Army’s offensive against terrorists
During the first ten days of 2016, Russian aircraft made 311 sorties and destroyed 1,097 Daesh* facilities and those of other terrorist groups. This helped the Syrian Army to continue the offensive and liberate more than a hundred settlements
Liberation of Salma
Salma is an important transportation hub in northern Syria’s Latakia province. Al‑Nusra Front terrorists had controlled the city for four years. Syrian troops and Russian Aerospace Forces took control of all the heights around the city and liberated Salma
Liberation of Al‑Shaykh Maskin
The Syrian government troops, supported by the militia and Russian aviation, completely liberated the city of Al‑Shaykh Maskin in the south of the country. They managed to destroy terrorists while suffering minimal losses
Destruction of Daesh* oil storage facility
Russian Aerospace Forces aircraft destroyed open Daesh* oil storage facilities in the province of Hama. The warplanes also obliterated a column of heavy vehicles with ammunition near the city of Aleppo and a command post of militants in the province of Latakia
Liberation of Palmyra
The Syrian military, backed by Russian Aerospace Forces, liberated the ancient city of Palmyra, which had been under control of Daesh* since May 2015. Both residential areas and the ruins of Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Syria, were liberated
Liberation of Al‑Qaryatayn
Backed by the militia and Russian Aerospace Forces, the city of Al‑Qaryatayn, the main Daesh* stronghold in the province of Homs, the Syrian Army managed to regain control of the city. In the course of the fighting, neither the Syrian Army nor the Russian military security services lost a single fighter
Destruction of Daesh’s oil production facilities
Russian Aerospace Forces aircraft eliminated four objects of illegal oil production, controlled by Daesh* terrorists in the provinces of Raqqa and Homs
Attacks on terrorists in Homs province
Six Tu‑22M3 bombers launched strikes on positions of terrorists east of Palmyra, Al‑Sukhnah and Arak. The aircraft destroyed a large field camp, three ammunition and armament depots, as well as three tanks, four infantry fighting vehicles and eight cars with machine guns
Destruction of the terrorists’ field camp near Palmyra
Six long‑range Tu‑22M3 bombers launched high‑explosive fragmentation ammunition strikes on terrorist targets east and north‑west of Palmyra, near the settlements of Al‑Sukhnah and Arak. A large field camp and a control point were destroyed
Strikes against Daesh* near Raqqa
Continuing the offensive in the direction of Raqqa, Daesh’s* self‑proclaimed capital, the Tu‑22M3 bombers destroyed a large Daesh* depot with weapons, ammunition and lubricants as well as a chemical ammunition production plant and a training camp for militants
The fleet’s strike on al‑Nusra Front
The small missile ships Zelyony Dol and Serpukhov launched the Kalibr cruise missiles, destroying al‑Nusra Front targets
Elimination of al‑Nusra Front terrorists in Idlib province
The Su‑33 fighters, part of the aerial wing of the Admiral Kuznetsov cruiser, destroyed several dozen members of al‑Nusra Front. The Defense Ministry announced the death of field commanders Muhammad Hilal, Abu Jaber Harmuja and Abul Baha al‑Asfari, who planned an offensive against Aleppo
The offensive to the east of Aleppo
The Syrian Army, supported by Russian Aerospace Forces, carried out a large‑scale offensive on the positions of radical groups in the eastern part of Aleppo
Liberation of Aleppo
Supported by massive Russian air and missile strikes, the city of Aleppo was liberated from the terrorists. The Syrian Army took a complete control of 105 city quarters. 108,000 thousand civilians were evacuated to safe areas
Strike on Daesh* facilities in the province of Deir ez‑Zor
The Tu‑22M3 bombers launched a strike on Daesh* facilities in the province of Deir ez‑Zor. Two militant control centers, ammunition depots, armament and military equipment were destroyed
The Tu‑95MS launched a strike on Daesh* positions near Raqqa
The strategic bombers Tu‑95MS launched a strike on the objects of Daesh* militants near the city of Raqqa. Camps and training terrorist centers were obliterated
Re‑liberation of Palmyra
The Syrian Army and the militia, backed by Russian Aerospace Forces, liberated Palmyra for the second time. Daesh* had controlled the city since the end of December
Elimination of terrorists heading to Palmyra
Russian planes destroyed 32 pickup trucks and more than 120 terrorists who were traveling from the city of Raqqa towards Palmyra
Strike against Daesh* leaders
The Russian Aerospace Forces launched a strike on a Daesh* command post near Raqqa. Terrorist leaders, about 30 field commanders and up to 300 militants were killed. According to the Russian Defense, Daesh* leader Abu Bakr al‑Baghdadi was among those killed.
Russian ships attacked Daesh* targets near Palmyra
The frigate Admiral Essen and the submarine Krasnodar fired the Kalibr cruise missiles on terrorists’ objects east of Palmyra. They destroyed the terrorists’ safe havens with heavy military equipment and forces, redeployed by terrorists from Raqqa
Elimination of Daesh* field commanders and terrorists
The Russian Aerospace Forces eliminated two field commanders and 180 Daesh* terrorists in Syria, preventing an attempt by terrorists to break through the garrison defense in the city of Deir ez‑Zor
The Navy’s missile strike on Daesh* targets
The ships of the Russian Navy attacked Daesh* facilities in Syria from the Mediterranean Sea. The submarine Krasnodar and the frigates Admiral Essen and Admiral Grigorovich fired six missiles destroying Daesh* weapons stores and terrorists in the province of Hama
Strike against terrorists on the border of the provinces of Hama and Homs
The strategic Tu‑95MS bombers launched X‑101 missiles at Daesh* facilities on the border of the provinces of Hama and Homs. Three large ammunition depots and a terrorist command post were destroyed
Liberation of Al‑Sukhnah
The Syrian Army, backed by the Russian Air Force, completely liberated the city of Al‑Sukhnah from Daesh* terrorists. Al‑Sukhnah has long been the largest militant stronghold in Homs province
Encircling Daesh* in the city of Akerbat
Advancing to the province of Deir ez‑Zor, which became a terrorist stronghold, the Syrian Army, supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces, encircled Daesh* in the city of Akerbat
Defeat of Daesh* near Ghanem Ali
Backed by Russian Air Force, the Syrian government troops defeated terrorists in the Ghanem Ali area in the province of Raqqa, providing a springboard for an attack on the city of Deir ez‑Zor along the eastern shore of the Euphrates River
Liberation of Aleppo province from Daesh* terrorists
The Syrian Army, backed by Russian aviation, inflicted a significant defeat on Daesh* terrorist group in the central part of Syria. As a result, the province of Aleppo was completely liberated from terrorists
Helicopters’ strikes on Daesh* terrorists
Helicopters of Russian Aerospace Forces launched strikes on Daesh* terrorists near the Shaer gas field. This made it possible to drive terrorists out of the positions they had held since 2014
Liberation of Akerbat
Backed by Russian Aerospace Forces, the Syrian Army completely liberated the city of Akerbat in the province of Hama from the terrorists. More than 3,000 terrorist infrastructure facilities were destroyed
Breaking through terrorist defenses in Deir ez‑Zor
Backed by Russian Aerospace Forces, the Syrian Army broke through terrorist defenses near the city of Deir ez‑Zor, which had been held by Daesh* for more than three years. Government troops occupied part of the city, preparing for a further offensive
Strike at a Daesh* command post in Deir ez‑Zor
The Su‑34 and Su‑35 bombers destroyed the underground command post of terrorists and a detachment of militants, including “Amir of Deir ez‑Zor” Abu Muhammad al‑Shimali and “Minister of War” Gulmurod Khalimov
Submarines’ strike on Daesh* facilities
The submarines Veliky Novgorod and Kolpino launched seven missiles on Daesh* facilities, destroying Daesh* command posts and ammunition depots south‑east of Deir ez‑Zor
Russian Aviation destroyed terrorists’ fleet on the Euphrates River
During an air raid, Russian Aerospace Forces obliterated Daesh* facilities and boats on the Euphrates River in Deir ez- Zor. Thanks to air support, the Syrian government troops were able to cross the river
Destruction of a training center for Daesh* mercenaries
Russian warplanes destroyed seven Daesh* field commanders on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River. Also, a training center for foreign mercenaries, eight tanks, three artillery installations, 17 SUVs with large‑caliber weapons and four ammunition depots were destroyed
Elimination of Al‑Nusra Front’s leaders
The attacks by the Su‑34 and the Su‑35 aircraft eliminated the top command of the al‑Nusra Front terrorist group. 49 militants were killed, including seven leaders of the al‑Nusra Front’s “eastern sector”.
Strike against Daesh* stronghold in the Mayadin area
The Russian Su‑34 bombers destroyed a well‑fortified terrorist stronghold near the city of Mejadin. About 70 militants were killed
Elimination of warlords
Since early October, Russian aviation has destroyed more than 30 terrorist leaders, which contributed to the liberation of right bank of the Euphrates River north‑west and west of Deir ez‑Zor. Less than 8% of the country’s territory remained under the control of militants at the time.
Strikes on positions of al‑Nusra Front terrorists
Between September 19 and October 15, Russian aviation destroyed 2,400 al‑Nusra Front terrorists attempting to attack the positions of the Syrian Army north of the city of Hama. Over 200 pieces of military equipment and weapons were obliterated.
Liberation of Deir ez‑Zor
The Syrian Army freed the eastern capital of Syria, the city of Deir ez‑Zor, from Daesh. Russian Aerospace Forces aircraft supported the offensive from the air, launching strikes on terorist groups. The Russian military also neutralized mines and shells left by terrorists
Liberation of Abu Kamal
The Syrian government forces, backed by Russian aviation, regained full control of the city of Abu Kamal, which remained Daesh’s* last stronghold in the country
Strike against terrorists in Deir ez‑Zor province
The long‑range Tu‑22M3 bombers, which flew from Russia, attacked Daesh* facilities in the Deir ez‑Zor province. Stronghold points, manpower and armored vehicles of terrorists were destroyed
Strikes against Daesh* facilities in the province of Deir ez‑Zor
Six Tu‑22M3 aircraft launched strikes at weapons depots, strongholds and a group of Daesh* terrorists in the al‑Sayal area. It took the Russian Aerospace Forces about ten days to destroy around a thousand militant objects in Deir ez‑Zor and northeast Syria
Russia’s General Staff announced the defeat of Daesh* in Syria
The head of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov announced the complete liberation of the country from Daesh* terrorists. In Syria, there is no single settlement or area currently under Daesh* control.
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