ISIS flee Russian airstrikes via Turkish border


Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

19th November, 2015

Jihadi’s of the terrorist group “Islamic State” have left their checkpoints in the Syrian province of Raqqa, and have fled towards the Turkish border. Some terrorists took shelter in the homes of civilians, according to RIA Novosti, citing a resident of Raqqa.

“After yesterday’s air strikes against the terrorists, the streets staged a shootout between one group who wanted to run away and those who tried to stop them. Most of the fighters who are at checkpoints in the city took refuge in the homes of innocent civilians without the consent of the owners. Some terrorists headed towards Turkey in a Jeep of foreign origin”, – they told the agency.

According to local residents, the terrorists have left a number of checkpoints in the vicinity of the town of Raqqa and headed towards the main road to Aleppo, to strengthen the positions located there.

The same situation exists in the city of Tel Abyad, 100 kilometers north of the city of Raqqa. ISIS terrorists, after clashes with the forces of the Kurdish self-defense forces, left about half of the checkpoints. Some terrorists also fled to Turkey. Those who remained took refuge in the homes of civilians in anticipation of new bombings.

On Tuesday, according to the chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov, strategic missile carriers Tu-160 and Tu-22 MS during the first massive air strikes, involving 34 cruise missiles, destroyed 14 important sites of terrorist activity in Idlib and Aleppo.

Reinforced squadron long-range bombers Tu-22M3 from Mozdok dealt two groups of air strikes on ISIS positions in eastern Syria, in the provinces of Deir ez-Zor and Raqqa.

The French air force struck on Monday night, for the first time, ISIS positions in the Syrian province of Raqqa. The operation was attended by ten fighter who dropped 20 bombs.

According to the French Ministry of Defense, as a result of the impact, ISIS a command post and training camp were destroyed. 

Since September 30, at the request of Russian President Bashar al-Assad, Russia started pinpoint airstrikes on targets of “Islamic state” and “Al-Nusra” in Syria. During this time, Russian Air forces carried out 2,289 sorties and struck 4111 targets of major terrorist infrastructure, which was the accumulation of military equipment and manpower, 562 destroyed control rooms, 64 terrorist training camps, 54 of the plant for the production of arms and ammunition and other objects.

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