Russian Federation destroys ISIS Command and Control centres in Syria

Elias Hubbard
June 24, 2017

Separately on Friday, a senior Russian lawmaker said Moscow is "nearly 100 percent" sure that the top Daesh leader was killed in a Russian airstrike last month.

The missiles were launched from Russian Navy frigates, the Admiral Essen and the Admiral Grigorovich, as well as a submarine, the Krasnodar, from the eastern Mediterranean, the Defense Ministry said in a Friday statement. Huge ISIS ammunition depot near the town of Aqerbat was destroyed by a precision strike.

The strikes targeted Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) command and control centers, as well as ammunition depots in the Syrian province of Hama. Other ISIS targets were hit in subsequent airstrikes, the ministry added. Russian Federation warned Turkey and Israel about the attacks via military-to-military hotlines, it added.

"If it looks like they are making a concerted effort to move into ISIS-held areas, and if they show that they can do that, that is not a bad sign", Dillon said, referring to forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

"Taking advantage of the dark time and a hard ground relief, the terrorists deploy gunmen via various routes to the Hama province, where later they equip command posts and also depots of armaments and ammunition in large buildings", the ministry said.

"It is in use to make sure that. our air crews and ground forces are safe", he said.

Moscow has fired missiles from the Mediterranean at militants' positions in Syria before, including launches from a submarine and a frigate in May at targets in the area of the ancient city of Palmyra.

The strike was launched after a large Islamic State convoy, comprising 39 vehicles and 120 militants, was spotted outside the city of Raqqa, a Defense Ministry source told RIA Novosti at the time. "The remaining gunmen and targets of the IS terrorists were destroyed by airstrikes of bombers of Russia's Aerospace Forces", it said.

Russian Federation also said on Monday it would treat US -led coalition aircraft flying west of the Euphrates River in Syria as potential targets and track them with missile systems and military aircraft.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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