Published time: 15 Nov, 2017 14:34 Edited time: 15 Nov, 2017 14:48
Six Russian long-range bombers have carried out airstrikes targeting ISIS terrorist positions in an area located close to the recently liberated Syrian city of Abu Kamal in the southeast of the country, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
The strikes destroyed Islamic State (IS, former ISIS/ISIL) hideouts and military equipment in the area, the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.The TU-22m3 bombers took off from an airfield in Russia and then flew over the territories of Iran and Iraq to carry out teh strikes, it added.
Abu Kamal, a city in the Deir ez-Zor governorate located in the Euphrates valley close to the Syrian border with Iraq, was considered to be the last major stronghold of Islamic State. The city was liberated by the Syrian Army with the support of the Russian Air Forces in early November.
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