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Russian warplanes bombard Daesh targets in Syria's Homs

This file photo shows a Russian Tupolev Tu-22M3 long-range bomber after a combat flight against Daesh targets in Syria. ©Tass news agency

Russian military aircraft have carried out several airstrikes in Syria, destroying a number of positions of the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group on the outskirts of the ancient city of Palmyra and other areas in Syria’s central province of Homs.

“On July 21, six Tu-22M3 long-range strategic bombers conducted airstrikes on intelligence-verified Daesh targets east of Palmyra, and in the cities of Arak, al-Sukhnah and al-Tawbah. The targeted objects included command posts, forces and terrorists' equipment,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement released on Thursday.

The statement added that state-of-the-art intelligence gathering assets, including satellites, were utilized to support the airstrikes and “locate and hit new militant targets in real-time mode.”

The Russian Defense Ministry further pointed out that the bombers were covered by Su-35 fighter jets scrambled from Russia’s Hmeimim Air Base southeast of the western Syrian city of Latakia after carrying out the airstrikes.

Russia has been bombing Daesh and al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front terrorist groups in Syria at the official request of President Bashar al-Assad since September 2015.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimates that over 400,000 people have been killed in the conflict. The UN has stopped its official casualty count in Syria, citing its inability to verify the figures that it receives from various sources.

A ceasefire brokered by the US and Russia went into effect in Syria on February 27, but it does not apply to the Daesh and al-Nusra Front terrorist groups.

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