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Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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Russian Major General Lists "ISIS" Targets Hit By Russian Airstrikes, But Has ISIS Actually Been Hit?
5 years
Stream: October 2, 2015
Publication: Putin in Syria
Russia Is Using Old, Dumb Bombs, Making Syria Air War Even More Brutal

Russia's air force has made 18 sorties and hit 12 ISIS targets, Major-General Igor Konashenkov, Defense Ministry spokesman told reporters today, according to TASS.

Konashenkov reported (translation by The Interpreter):

"10 air flights were made during the night. Surgical strikes were delivered on eight targets of terrorists."

He added that Su-24Ms, Su-25s, and Su-34s were used in the attack. Konashenko claimed that ISIS command centers in Dar Ta'izzah (in the province of Aleppo) were destroyed.

"Su-25 attack planes delivered a strike on an ISIS field camp in the area of Maarrat al Nouman, a province of Idlib. Bunkers were totally destroyed along with weapons and fuel and lubricants depots. On October 1, Su-34s struck an ISIS training camp in the area of the population center of Maadan Jadid and a camouflaged command center in the area of Kasrat al Faraj, southwest of the city of Raqqa."

The general claimed that the infrastructure used by the terrorists for training was completely destroyed.

"Using these type of planes we can deliver strikes on targets of the ISIS group of terrorists throughout Syrian territory. I would like to emphasize that the Russian Su-34s made surgical strikes on targets from an altitude of more than 5,000 meters. The onboard targeting and navigation equipment on these planes enables us to ensure a strike on any ground target with absolute precision."

He added that this was confirmed by the destruction of an ISIS facility in Raqqah yesterday.

While Kasrat al-Faraj is held by ISIS, it is not a major base or near a major population center. Maadan Jadid is about 70 kilometers east of al-Raqqah, between that city and Deir ez-Zor, deep within ISIS-controlled territory. According to the Institute for the Study of War, there is a high probability that Russia also hit this location yesterday. So far, however, there is no evidence that al-Raqqah proper has been hit.

The other locations mentioned above however --  Dar Ta'izzah and Maarrat al-Nouman -- are free of ISIS fighters, as was described in the previous update below.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick, James Miller