Russia claims its warplanes conduct over 2,500 strikes in Syria in August

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Moscow [Russia], August 22: The Russian Defense Ministry claimed that its warplanes have conducted 2,518 airstrikes in Syria in August and killed nearly 800 terrorists.

Quoting Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff, Sergei Rudskoy, Xinhua said that the bombings against terrorist command outposts, positions, warehouses, supply bases, and camps have destroyed 40 armored vehicles and 106 vehicles equipped with large-caliber machine guns this month.

“The Russian air force has improved the intensity of its combat missions in Syria and conducted 819 airstrikes over the past five days,” Rudskoy was quoted as saying.

“With the support of Russian warplanes, the Syrian government troops are carrying out an offensive from three directions against the eastern province of Deir al-Zour still held by Islamic State (IS) terrorists,” he further added.

Since September 2015 at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russia has been participating in operations against the IS and the other terrorist groups in the country.

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