Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
25th December, 2015
Since September 30, the Russian aviation group in Syria has made 5240 fighting departures, including the departures of 145 aircraft with strategic missiles and long-range bombers. The Russian airforce have applied daily air strikes on key infrastructure, strong points, clusters of military equipment and manpower of terrorists.
For this purpose, a multi-level intelligence system providing reliable identification of targets of the militants was used.
In addition, the Russian Defense Ministry is in constant contact with the command of Syrian government troops and specific groups of the opposition. They regularly receive additional information about the newly revealed objects of terrorists. After scouting, the decision on air strikes is made. This greatly increases the efficiency and effectiveness of attacks against terrorist objects.
So, yesterday was dealt 189 strikes on targets of armed gangs, of which 142 planned, the rest were re-identified, from the provisions of the duty on the airfield and in the air. In a rapidly changing environment performance of tasks and duties in fighting have the greatest impact as they do not allow terrorists to come out survive strikes.
With the support of Russian aviation, government forces and the troops of the patriotic opposition continue to conduct offensive operations against the bandits in all directions. The greatest success has been achieved in the provinces of Aleppo, Latakia and the suburbs of Damascus.
In the province of Aleppo, Government forces continue to expand the security zone around the airfield of Quires, and are developing the offensive in the South-West of Idlib. Last week five settlements were liberated.
In the province of Latakia, Assault troops of the Syrian army waged offensives in Northern and Eastern directions. In the directions of Cbana and Sirmania, terrorists were stripped of an important height and locality in Caper. This is key for the control of the offensive of the height of the Jabel.
In the suburbs of Damascus, government forces established control over the settlement of Marj Sultan, and continue to conduct raids, narrowing the encirclement of illegal armed groups in the areas of Nashabe, Nola, Duma and Shibden. In other areas, Syrian troops carry out activities to stabilize the situation and prepare attacks.
Russian aviation continues to prioritize the removal of the sources of income for the terrorists in Syria. As you can see, trucks crossing the Syrian-Turkish border continues. The Russian Defense Ministry has carefully analysed the reports of foreign media and comments of experts and officials published after the publication of the Russian Defense Ministry's information about the routes of oil smuggling, illegally exploited by ISIL. It should be noted that for many of them, information about where and how traffic moves from the territories controlled by the rebels, was not a revelation. The presented photo and video evidence only confirmed the existing guesses and hypothesis about who hides sources of criminal proceeds for terrorists.
Over the last week 37 facilities for the extraction and processing of oil used by terrorists have been destroyed, plus 17 columns of tankers carrying petroleum products. From the beginning of the campaign of the Russian airforces on the territory of Syria, bout two thousand of these vehicles have been destroyed.
We remind you that the Russian air force in the territory of Syria at the invitation of the legitimate leaders of the country observe all norms of international law. The terrorists also know this. To attempt to avoid the strikes of the Russian air force, they have changed their logistics and have paved new ways of smuggling crude oil. One of them is shown in the picture above. The route leads from the province of Deir Ez-Zor, which is under the control of ISIL, in bordering towns of Gun and the Tell-Sfuk (Syria) in the direction of Mosul and Zakho in Iraq. Columns of tankers follow the shortest route to the Syrian-Iraqi border, which crosses the area of the settlement the Tell-Sfuk. However, despite the considerable "loop", the end point of the smuggling route remains in Turkey. In Turkish territory the oil passes through a checkpoint in the district of Zakho. The chart shows that this route partly coincides with the so-called Eastern route, which the Ministry of Defense of Russia has in detail told about earlier. Further scouting of these areas was conducted.
In accordance with the instructions of the President of the Russian Federation, given at the annual press conference of the Ministry of Defense of Russia, the results were shown. At the time of the shooting in the district of Zakho, on both sides of the Turkish-Iraqi border were 11,775 trucks and vans; 530 in Turkey, 7,245 – in Iraq.
The photos above present enlarged images of the area in the squares. In photo "A", on the Turkish side, are 3,850 trucks and heavy vehicles. 200 of them are moving towards the Iraqi border, the rest are concentrated in the parking lots. In photo "B", in the immediate proximity from the border, has 1,660 fuel tankers and trucks. Those on Iraqi territory – 980 cars, 680 – on the territory of Turkey. The photo "V" there is 4,905 trucks in concentration, in photo"G" - 1,360 cars, waiting to cross the border. It should be noted that should the oil produced in Iraq and in Syria, it will go through this checkpoint .
Northern and Western routes in Syria that were previously shown by us continue to be used. To prevent losses of the Russian aviation from terrorists, they traveled to the area mostly at night. The trucks are disguised as ordinary trucks and move in small columns with several dozen cars.
Earlier, the Defense Ministry showed large clusters of tankers near fields of oil production. Now, as you can see in this photo, under load is a limited number of water tankers, the rest are dispersed and come in small batches.
According to satellite exploration, in recent days there has been a significant decline in the number of tankers moving through the "Northern" route in the direction of the refinery complex in the city of Batman.
There is a similar situation on the "Western" route of Reyhanli – Iskenderun. The number of trucks has decreased to 265 units.
At the same time, there has been an increase in the number of tankers in the area of the Turkish port of Dörtyol, to 920 fuel tankers and trucks. You have to understand, this is direct looting of Syria, and the profit from the smuggling of any product goes to ISIS and any country that is involved in this illegal business is an accomplice of international terrorism. I hope that the representatives of the international coalition will take into account existing Russian Defense Ministry information and will take the necessary steps to destroy objects of terrorists. The Russian Defense Ministry is ready to provide partners with coordinates and waits for the formation of a mutual information infrastructure of terrorist organizations. For its part, the Russian Defense Ministry assures that the Russian aircraft will continue to strike terrorists.