The town of Abu Kamal in the Deir Ezzor province had been the last major ISIL stronghold in Syria until it was liberated by the government forces with Russia’s aerial assistance last week.
“On November 17, six Tu-22M3 strategic bombers, which took off from an airfield in Russia, having flown over Iran and Iraq, carried out a group airstrike on ISIL facilities near the city of Al Bukamal,” the Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday.
The strikes hit terrorists’ bases, a number of militants and some armored vehicles. Objective control means confirmed that the targets had been hit.
All Russian aircraft returned to their respective bases after the task has been fulfilled.
This strike on ISIL facilities became the second one carried out by Russia in the area.
The bombers were protected by Russia Su-30SM aircraft that had been based on the Hmeymim airfield.