120 Daesh fighters killed by Russian airstrikes in Syria

Large number of Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) terrorist group, among them warlords and foreign fighters were killed in a series of Russian airstrikes in Syria over the past 24 hours.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said in a statement on Saturday that an air raid near the city of Abu Kamal in the eastern Dayr al-Zawr Province had targeted a Daesh outpost, leaving some 40 militants from Tajikistan and Iraq dead and destroying 7 vehicles with machine guns mounted on them.

Konashenkov added, Abu Mohamad al-Golani was targeted in an intelligence-led special operation while he was meeting his commanders.

Golani was the leader of the Nusra Front terrorist group before it merged with other militant outfits to form the Tahrir al-Sham in January 2017. He is now said to have fallen into a coma.

A separate strike near the city of Mayadin killed up to 80 terrorists, among them nine fighters from the northern Caucasus region.

Moscow has been carrying out air strikes in support of its ally Damascus targeting both Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) in Deir Ezzor province and challenging jihadists led by Al-Qaeda’s former Syria affiliate in Idlib province in the northwest.

Russia has been conducting air raids against Daesh fighters and other terrorist groups inside Syria at the Damascus government’s request since September 2015.


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