Russian long-range bombers conduct airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria

Tupolev-22M3 bomber

Tupolev-22M3 bomber

MOSCOW, January 30. /TASS/. Six long-range bombers Tupolev-22M3 have dealt a group air strike against targets of the terrorist organization Islamic State (outlawed in Russia) in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor province on Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

“On January 30 six long-range bombers Tupolev-22M3 took off from an airdrome in Russia to cross the airspace of Iraq and Iran to deal a massive strike on the newly-identified targets of the Islamic State in Deir ez-Zor province. As a result of the strike two command centers, weapons and ammunition depots and a large amount of manpower and materiel were destroyed,” the Defense Ministry’s statement runs.

“The strikes against the designated targets were confirmed by impartial monitoring means. Sukhoi-30SM and Sukhoi-35S fighter jets from the Hmeymim air base provided protection for the Russian bombers. Upon completion of their mission all Russian planes returned to base safely,” the Defense Ministry said.

 

Bulletin of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic (January 30, 2017)

Reconciliation of opposing sides

Within last 24 hours, no ceasefire agreements have been signed with representatives of inhabited areas of the Syrian Arab Republic.

The total number of inhabited areas, the leaders of which had signed reconciliation agreements remained 1155.

Negotiations on joining ceasefire regime have been continued with field commanders of detachments of armed opposition in the Homs, Hama, Aleppo, and al-Quneitra provinces

The number of armed formations, which had claimed to observe the ceasefire regime in accordance to the Reconciliation Agreement, has reached 109.

Ceasefire observation

In accordance to the Joint Agreement on complex settling the Syrian conflict, ceasefire regime has been established starting from 00:00 on December 30, 2016.

The number of armed formations of the Syrian opposition, which had joined the ceasefire regime, remained 64.

Within last 24 hours, the Russian party of the Russia-Turkey Commission on violations of the Joint Agreement has registered 3 cases in the Hama (2) and Latakia (1) province.

The Turkish party has registered 2 cases of ceasefire violations in the provinces of Idlib and Daraa.

The Russian party has not confirmed cases of ceasefire violation, which had been registered by the Turkish side.

Humanitarian bulletin of the Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides in the Syrian Arab Republic (January 30, 2017)

Humanitarian aid to the Syrian population provided by the Russian Federation

The Russian Centre for reconciliation of opposing sides has held 12 humanitarian events in the Aleppo city: in the areas of Qasiliyah and Sheikh Maqsood (twice), in the senior housing complex in the Qaralok area, in schools in the areas in Qarim al-Dodo, al-Akramiya, Khalidiya, al-Aweija, al-Salkhiniya and Ashrafiya, in mosques in the areas of al-Khamdaniya 1 and Aquel). In course of the humanitarian events the citizens have received more than 7.5 tons of bread, 3,000 portions of hot meals, and 1,200 sets with food products.

Total weight of delivered humanitarian aid has reached 15.2 tons.

9960 citizens have received humanitarian aid.

Humanitarian aid to the Syrian population provided by international organizations

Russian aircraft have dropped 20.7 tons of humanitarian aid (food products), which had been received by the Syrian authorities from the United Nations, on the Deir ez-Zor area.

Russia and India to develop BrahMos light cruise missile for PAK FA 5th-generation jet

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REUTOV, January 27. /TASS/. The BrahMos light cruise missile will be mounted both in submarines’ torpedo launchers and on Russia’s fifth-generation T-50 PAK FA (Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation) fighter jet, CEO and General Designer of the Machine-Building R&D Consortium Alexander Leonov said on Friday.

“We are working on the missile’s light version. It should fit the size of a torpedo tube and be almost 1.5 times smaller by its weight. It will be possible to mount our airborne missile on a wide range [of aircraft]. Of course, we’ll be developing it, first of all, for the fifth-generation plane but, possibly, it will be mounted on the MiG-35 fighter, although we have not carried out such developments,” he said.

The BrahMos supersonic cruise missile is the product of Russia’s Machine-Building Research and Development Consortium and India’s Defense Research and Development Organization, which set up BrahMos Aerospace joint venture in 1998.

The missile’s name comes from the names of two rivers: the Indian Brahmaputra of and the Russian Moscow river. The missile has a range of 290 km and carries a warhead weighing from 200 to 300 kg.

 

Syria in Last 24 Hours: Army Wins Back Strategic Region Near T4 Airbase in Homs Province

Syria in Last 24 Hours: Army Wins Back Strategic Region Near T4 Airbase in Homs Province

     (FNA)- The Syrian army and resistance fighters backed by the country’s air force regained full control over a key region in Homs province in fierce clashes with the militants.

The army units won back a strategic region to the North of Alab Tayas hills in Homs province.

Scores of terrorists were killed and injured as the army was purging them from the newly captured areas in Homs province.

The Syrian army, popular forces and resistance forces also continued their military gains in other key provinces across Syria, inflicting heavy losses on them.

Homs

Syrian Army troops engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL near T4 military airport in Eastern Homs, taking control over a key region.

The Syrian soldiers backed up by the army’s artillery and missile units and aircraft, stormed ISIL’s defense lines near the Fourth Station and al-Tayas hills and could manage to take back the region of the Third Katibat al-Mahjoureh to the North of Alab Tayas hills.

The army men also attacked ISIL’s positions along the road connecting al-Naseriyeh to al-Quaryatayn between Eastern Damascus and Southeastern Homs, finding access to the surrounding areas of Tal (hill) al-Zaba’a al-Sharqi after killing tens of terrorists.

The Syrian fighter jets carried out several combat sorties over ISIL’s positions in al-Sha’er oilfield and near Hayan oil company.

The warplanes also pounded ISIL’s concentration centers in al-Barada region to the East of al-Quaryatayn.

Deir Ezzur

Syrian Army troops continued to beat back ISIL terrorists from more key positions Southwest of Deir Ezzur, paving the ground for the removal of terrorists’ siege on the city’s military airport.

The army men, backed up by the Syrian and Russian fighter jets, stormed ISIL’s positions in Deir Ezzur’s cemetery, taking control over several key positons in the region that connects the city to the besieged airbase.

In the meantime, the Syrian and Russian fighter jets pounded ISIL’s movements and gatherings near Deir Ezzur’s cemetery, the al-Ma’amel region near al-Tamin Brigade, Jonayd Division and al-Thardah mountain.

A field source, meanwhile, said that over 30 ISIL terrorists killed and an arms depot and three bases of terrorists were destroyed in the army’s artillery and air attacks on ISIL’s positons in al-Thardah mountain, Ayash warehouses, East of airport, Northwest of Tal (hill) Borouk, and the neighborhoods of al-Orfi and al-Jabiliyeh.

Reports said earlier on Sunday that the army men engaged in an intense battle with ISIL in Deir Ezzur’s cemetery, while the Syrian and Russian fighter jets pounded terrorists’ gatherings and movements in the cemetery and Jonayd division to lift militants’ siege on the city’s airbase, killing and wounding a number of terrorists.

The Syrian warplanes carried out several night attacks on the concentration centers and bases of ISIL in the neighborhoods of al-Huweiqa, al-Kanamat, al-Arzi and al-Mohandeseen, near the airbase and in the village of Marat, near the Koniko region in Khasham town’s Badiyeh (desert) in Eastern Deir Ezzur, killing and wounding a number of militants and destroying their equipment.

Damascus

Syrian Army troops struck ISIL’s concentration centers in the mountainous regions of Northern Damascus, capturing several heights and killing or wounding 25 militants.

The army men hit ISIL’s positions hard in al-Qalamoun mountain and managed to take control over several hills in the Eastern part of the mountain after hours of non-stop clashes.

A field source said that the ISIL left behind over 25 dead or wounded members and pulled the remaining pockets of its forces back from the battlefield towards al-Barada region in Homs province.

The source further added that the army soldiers will attack ISIL’s bases in al-Barada region from two directions after the army’s recent advances in Northern Damascus.

Also the army troops targeted heavily the gatherings and movements of terrorist groups in different parts of Damascus province on Saturday, killing or wounding tens of militants and destroying their equipment.

The army men hit terrorists’ concentration centers in al-Kasarat al-Manqoureh region, destroying a number of militants’ vehicles and killing a number of their crew.

The army troops also targeted a vehicle of a group of terrorists in the region of al-Maramel al-Hamra in al-Qalamoun al-Shaqi mountain, killing the entire militants in the vehicle.

In the meantime, the Syrian forces targeted terrorists’ strongholds in al-Qati’eh mountain, killing at least 10 militants and wounding several more.

The army’s engineering units carried out mop-up operation on al-Naseriyeh-Tadmur road to pave the ground for the government forces’ advances against terrorists in the region.

Aleppo

Media sources disclosed on Sunday that the ISIL has started pulling forces back from the town of al-Bab simultaneous with Syrian Army’s advances in the Eastern parts of Aleppo province.

The Turkish language Hurriyet daily disclosed that ISIL has started retreating from the town of al-Bab after its positions in Eastern Aleppo came under massive attacks by the Syrian soldiers and Ankara-backed militants.

The Turkish army and Ankara-backed Euphrates Shield Operation’s forces have failed to capture al-Bab, while the Syrian soldiers could manage to take control over 25 villages, towns and heights near the towns of al-Bab and Deir Hafer in recent days.

Hurriyet quoted Turkish military sources as saying that ISIL members have left their positions in al-Bab and have moved their command centers to the town of Tadif to the South of al-Bab, planning for full withdrawal from al-Bab.

The Syrian army troops seized full control over a strategic town East of Aleppo province on Saturday.

The army units engaged in fierce clashes with the ISIL in the morning and finally freed the town of al-Brij at around midday, inflicting a number of casualties on the militants.

A field source said that the army plans to continue advance towards the town of Aran after the liberation of al-Brij.

He further added that liberation of the towns of Touman, al-Sheikh Den and Deir Qaq is atop the agenda of the army soldiers.

“Terrorists will come under siege in the Southern towns of al-Sheikh Den and al-Moshayrefeh once the army captures the town of Touman,” the source continued.

Tartus

Media activists disclosed that a large number of Russian-made armored vehicles have arrived in Tartus port and will be soon delivered to the Syrian Army.

The activists released several images in social networks showing several groups of the Russian armored vehicles of Vodnik in Tartus port in the Mediterranean Sea.

The activists also said that the Syrian army will receive the Russian armored vehicles soon.

Military journalists underlined that deployment of high-speed Vodnik armored vehicles along with T90 tanks will help the Syrian army in the war on terrorism.

The Arabic desk of massdar news said it seems that these armored vehicles have been imported to equip Faylaq al-Khames forces that were formed by the Syrian army and Russia’s full military back up.

Syria: Hundreds of Terrorists, Families Leave Wadi Al-Bardi for Idlib

Syria: Hundreds of Terrorists, Families Leave Wadi Al-Bardi for Idlib

    (FNA)- At least 20 buses took almost 800 terrorists and their family members away from Wadi al-Bardi region in Western Ghouta to relocate them to the militant-held regions in Idlib province.

Approximately 800 terrorists that had rejected to join nationwide peace agreement with the Damascus government left Wadi al-Bardi region along with their families on 20 buses.

They are to be relocated to Idlib province. Wadi al-Bardi region will be declared a completely safe zone in the next few days.

Syrian National Reconciliation Minister Ali Heidar announced that between 2,500 up to 3,000 terrorists are to leave Wadi al-Bardi.

“The number of terrorists leaving the region will likely increase. Evacuation operation of terrorists and their families will last around 48 to 72 hours,” Heidar added.

Media activists on social networks reported that amnesty application requests of a majority of 3,700 militants have been studied and they have been granted government amnesty.

Dissident sources reported on Thursday that the Syrian government and the militant groups in Wadi al-Bardi reached a final agreement for reconciliation in the region after a an hour-long meeting in the town of Deir Muqrin.

Al-Hadath news website quoted the dissident sources as saying on Thursday that based on the agreement, the terrorist groups which did not pledge amnesty from the government had 48 hours to leave Wadi al-Bardi along with their family members towards Idlib.

Meantime, the militants who accepted the reconciliation plan would be granted amnesty. The state bodies and facilities would be back to normal in the region.

Another paragraph of the agreement also underlines that the Syrian army should be deployed in Basimeh and its bases in Wadi al-Bardi, and the residents of Basimeh, al-Fijeh, Afrah and Harirah would return to their homes.

Meantime, the protection and repair units would immediately be sent to Ein al-Fijeh region which hosts the water reservoirs of Damascus.

Russian Sappers Demined Some 890 Acres in Aleppo Within 7 Days

Russian military EOD specialists continue the demining operation in eastern Aleppo, Syria.

 

Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that Russian sappers have demined an area of over 360 hectares, 75 kilometers of roads and neutralized over 1,000 explosive devices in the northern Syria’s city of Aleppo within the last week.

     Russian sappers have demined an area of over 360 hectares (890 acres), 75 kilometers (over 46 miles) of roads and neutralized over 1,000 explosive devices in the northern Syria’s city of Aleppo within the last week, Russian Defense Ministry’s spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Monday.

“The Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation continues to provide the Syrian people with humanitarian aid. Within the last week experts of the Russian Armed Forces’ International Mine Action Center have neutralized over 1,000 explosive objects, demined 75 kilometers of roads and an area of over 360 hectares only in Aleppo,” Konashenkov said.