“The major battle in Syria will start within one month or a little time more than one month with the aim of liberating Raqqa city as the ISIL’s main base in Syria, and other regions occupied by the terrorist group,” Yuri Larogov said in an interview with Gazeta.ru newspaper.
He also said that given the current complicated situation in peace talks in Astana, every one should remember that the truce doesn’t include the terrorist groups like the ISIL and al-Nusra (Fatah al-Sham) Front that the international community has legitimized fighting against them.
A squadron of Tu-95MS strategic bombers equipped with advanced missiles struck repeatedly ISIL’s positions in Raqqa in Northeastern Syria on Friday, using the airspace of Iran and Iraq to reach the targets, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
The Russian ministry announced in a statement on Friday that the country’s fighter jets targeted training and command centers of a large terrorist group affiliated to ISIL in Raqqa’s countryside.
The statement said that the Russian bombers left their bases and flew over Iran and Iraq, targeting ISIL’s positions in Raqqa by Kh-101-air-to-surface cruise missiles.
The statement further added that several Sukhoi-30 SM and Sukhoi-33 fighter jets took off from Humeimim airbase in Lattakia and backed up the Russian squadron in the Raqqa operation.