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Russian aircraft fire cruise missiles at Daesh positions in Syria

This file photo shows a Russian Tupolev Tu-95 strategic bomber in flight.

Russian Tupolev Tu-95 strategic bombers have fired a barrage of cruise missiles at the positions of Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib and the eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr, inflicting heavy losses on the terrorists.

Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov said on Tuesday that the warplanes took off from Engels airbase, located 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) east of Russia’s major port city of Saratov, flew over territory of Iran and Iraq and launched Kh-101 air-to-surface cruise missiles at designated targets.

“The sudden strikes destroyed a number of terrorist command posts, fortifications, military hardware as well as ammunition depots,” Konashenkov said in a statement.

The senior Russian military official went on to say that all destroyed targets were far away from residential areas, the positions of the US-backed militiamen from the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces, and US troops.

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The report came only two days after a Russian commander, Lieutenant General Valery Asapov, was killed by mortar fire from Daesh militants near the city of Dayr al-Zawr, located 450 kilometers (280 miles) northeast of the Syrian capital, Damascus.

Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov later denounced the “two-faced policy” of the United States, saying Washington was to blame for the death of Asapov.

“The death of the Russian commander is the price, the bloody price, for the two-faced American policy in Syria,” Ryabkov commented.

A still image taken from a video footage and released by Russia's Defense Ministry on September 22, 2017, shows a missile hitting a building, which the ministry said was a position of Takfiri Jabhat Fatah al-Sham terrorist group in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib. (Photo via Reuters)

On September 22, a Russian submarine launched a barrage of Kalibr cruise missiles at the positions of the foreign-sponsored and Takfiri terrorists of Jabhat Fatah al-Sham – previously known as the Nusra Front – in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib and destroyed them only a few days after the extremists attacked a unit of Russian Military Police in the crisis-hit Arab country.

Last week, Jabhat Fatah al-Sham terrorists had attacked Russian troops stationed in the neighboring Hama province.

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