Rusnews24, December 14, 2015
Translated from Russian by Tom Winter, December 15, 2015
Russian bombers have begun a free hunt for ISIS oil caravans
Operations of Russian aerospace forces continue in Syria. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, pursuant to the order of President Vladimir Putin, Russia’s air force significantly increased the intensity of the attacks on armed groups banned in Russia, the terrorist group “Islamic State,” active in the territory of Syria.
On Thursday, in accordance with the plan of the air operation the first massive air strikes on hit 206 terrorist targets, said the ministry, adding that, for comparison, on November 18, they made 127 sorties, including five flights of strategic missile carriers Tu-160 and Tu 95MS, 24 of the long-range bombers Tu-22M3, and 98 strike aircraft sorties.
Terrorist objectives in the provinces of Aleppo, Idlib and Deir ez-Zor were attacked by 34 air launch long range cruise missiles. There were strikes in other provinces of Syria, said the agency, and provided relevant video footage.
In addition, as reported by the Russian Defense Ministry, Russian bombers began “free hunt” for a tanker trucks with oil belonging to an “Islamic state.” The Russian Air Force is also mounting round-the-clock strikes at targets oil production and processing in terrorist hands.
The decision to start a “free hunt” was adopted on Thursday, said Andrei Katapolov, deputy chief of the General Staff of Russia. According to Kartapolov in the past few days, Russian warplanes have destroyed about five hundred tank trucks, in caravans where Daesh was transporting oil from Syria to Iraq for processing. The Defense Ministry recalled that the main source of funding for the terrorist was the profits from smuggling oil and selling it on the black oil market.