Russia Bombs 40 IS Targets

Russia Bombs 40 IS TargetsRussia Bombs 40 IS Targets

Russian jets hit 40 Islamic State targets in new strikes in Syria, destroying several ammunition depots and training camps, the defense ministry said on Wednesday.

"From the Hmeimim Air Base, the crews of Su-34, Su-24M and Su-25SM warplanes carried out 41 sorties against 40 targets of the extremist group's infrastructure in Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia, Hama and Deir Ezzor," said a ministry spokesman, AFP reported.

In the vicinity of the city of Aleppo, Russian bombers destroyed facilities used by fighters to make explosive devices and car bombs, spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.

"They were intended to be used to carry out terror acts in Syrian cities and settlements as well as during attacks on the positions of government troops," he added.

Russian warplanes also hit a training camp in the mountains of Idlib, which was "destroyed," Konashenko said.

Maintenance shops used to equip vehicles with mortars, heavy machine guns and anti-aircraft systems located 13 kilometers from Aleppo were also hit, he added.

Strikes also destroyed a command post of a "large IS group" in the vicinity of Deir Ezzor city, he claimed.

In late September, Moscow launched a bombing campaign in Syria, saying it needed to target IS insurgents before they cross into Russia.