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Defence Ministry gives Syria strikes briefing from Moscow
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Airstrike by Russian fighter jets knocked out the HQ of DAESH and jihadist terrorist gang near Raqqa, command point and ammo depot destroyed near Idleb and Aleppo

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Surgical airstrikes by Russian fighter jets have knocked out a number of Islamic State installations in Syria, including the battle headquarters of a jihadist group near Raqqa, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

Over the past 24 hours, Sukhoi Su-34 and Su-24M fighter jets have performed 20 sorties and hit nine Islamic State installations,” Igor Konashenkov, Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman, reported.

Konashenkov added that yesterday evening Russian aircraft went on six sorties, inflicting strikes on three terrorist installations.

A bunker-busting BETAB-500 air bomb dropped from a Sukhoi Su-34 bomber near Raqqa has eliminated the command post of one of the terror groups, together with an underground storage facility for explosives and munitions,” the spokesman said.

Commenting on the video filmed by a Russian UAV monitoring the assault near Raqqa, Konashenkov noted, “a powerful explosion inside the bunker indicates it was also used for storing a large quantity of munitions”.


“As you can see, a direct hit on the installation resulted in the detonation of explosives and multiple fires. It was completely demolished,” the spokesman said.

Konashenkov noted the crosshair visible on the drone video footage is not a target, but merely a focus point of the UAV’s camera “maintaining control over an airstrike.”


Another bomber on a sortie from Khmeimim has dropped a KAB-500 air bomb on an Islamic State camp near Maarrat al-Numan. It destroyed fortifications, ammunition, fuel and seven units of equipment, Konashenkov said at a media briefing on Saturday.

KAB-500 bombs are accurate to within five meters.

The Russian Air Force has also eliminated a workshop in Idlib province, where terrorists have been mounting large-caliber machine-guns and other heavy armaments on pickup trucks.

Assault aircraft from at Khmeimim airbase have also inflicted airstrikes against terrorist forces near Jisr al-Shughur in Idlib province, destroying vehicle storage depots used for organizing terror attacks.

Regarding the airstrike on a target near Jisr al-Shughur, Igor Konashenkov pointed out, “footage of a huge pillar of smoke indicates a direct hit resulted in the total elimination of the facility.”


Drones stationed at Khmeimim airbase are maintaining “round-the-clock monitoring of the situation in Islamic State’s operation areas,” Konashenkov said.

“All disclosed targets are promptly engaged, regardless of the weather or light conditions,” said the Defense Ministry’s spokesman.

No anti-aircraft activity has been registered within the Russian task force’s sector of interest in Syria.

“No operable air-defense systems have been spotted in the Russian Air Force zone of action in Syria. Nevertheless, all operational flights are being performed with activated defensive onboard [radioelectronic combat] gear,” the spokesman said.


Interview with U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel:

“I really don’t think the administration really understands its own impact in actually promoting the refugees crisis, for example, of Syrian refugees; of promoting insecurity, death and destruction in the region. I think that Washington can’t see that. Obama does not see that”.

Washington’s foreign policy habits leave President Obama no other choice but to keep acting within the framework of regime change … especially after Assad was declared a person who must be removed at all costs, retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski told RT.

RT: Barack Obama believes Russian air strikes are strengthening ISIL, would you agree?

Karen Kwiatkowski: No, I don’t see how that can possibly be the case. The only thing I can think of is that Obama is judging from our own past experience with our own military actions, which truly have created ISIS. Some years ago activities in Iraq and Afghanistan produced this radical Sunni group which is now in Syria.

So our strikes did create ISIS and did help them. And we have provided arms to them, both directly and inadvertently. So he might be judging [from our own] experience, but I certainly don’t see how what Russia has done in the past week is strengthening ISIS or ISIL at all.

RT:The US-led campaign [has] yielded little progress so far, yet the US president was very critical of the Russian campaign, which started just this week… Do you think Washington’s criticism is fair? I wonder where it comes from?

KK: I think they are surprised. I don’t think they expected it. I think that is part of it. So they did not have a story prepared. I also think that you can see very much that the administration, and the one before it with George Bush, Bush-43, both of them were obsessed with this long-term plan of regime change. And we’ve seen that in Afghanistan, Iraq, in Libya of course, and now Syria.

So our habit is kind of – you know when you get into a habit you can’t think outside that box – and I think that is part of the problem that the administration has. Because we have clearly – we in a sense of administration – identified Assad as a person who must be removed at all costs. So they can’t really be objective about anything else that happens. And also, I really don’t think the administration really understands its own impact in actually promoting the refugees crisis, for example, of Syrian refugees; of promoting insecurity, death and destruction in the region. I think that Washington can’t see that. Obama does not see that.

RT:Why don’t they see that?

KK: Well, if he admits it, he has to reject his entire foreign policy for the last six or seven years, and also the neo-conservative foreign policy of his predecessor. Those policies were based on regime change, they were based on picking a rebel group that you did not know very much about, that you thought you could control and manipulate – even though of course you can’t – and giving that person or that group arms and kind of playing the game, kind of throwing the dice: ‘See if we can get rid of this guy.’ That is not a foreign policy that makes any sense. It is not one that will lead to any type of long term success, which of course we have seen in Libya, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Egypt.

So I think he is blind to the impact of what they have been doing. And I think he is blind and he does not see it because they have so much invested in it. It would be a repudiation everything Obama has done in the foreign policy up to this point for him to admit that what we have been doing hasn’t been working and what the Russians are doing, at least this week, may indeed be working.

RT:Obama also stressed Syria is not a proxy war between Washington and Moscow. How big is the threat the Syrian war will eventually become a proxy war between Russia and the US?

KK: He is right that it would be a bad strategy on our part. We certainly should be cooperating with what they have been doing, and helping at least, because if we really want the refugee flow to stop, if we want a certain level of stability, we need to work with the Russians. I think he is right about that it would be a mistake.

But I really think he is missing the other elephant in the room, which is the policy in Ukraine, the NATO expansionist policies in eastern Europe. These are the real dangers. I don’t see Syria and what Mr. Putin is doing in Syria, I don’t see that as a big problem. I think Ukraine and some of the other activities that we are pushing on NATO, driving NATO to do vis a vis the Russian border, this to me is far more dangerous. But I’m glad he said what he said in this regard.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

We (WP-SFP), however, believe that Obama and the US Administration are fully aware of the plan being developed for “third parties”, of which they are politician-executors and puppets. (WP-SFP chief editor)

R E L A T E D :

Putin: “Claims Russian jets killed civilians in Syria emerged before airstrikes started”


Reports of alleged casualties among civilians caused by Russian airstrikes in Syria emerged even before Russian warplanes were launched for their first combat mission, President Vladimir Putin said, branding such reports ‘information attacks.’

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Live updates

03 October 2015

10:00 GMT
A surgical airstrike by Russian fighter jets has knocked out the battle headquarters of a jihadist group near Raqqa, according to Russian Defense Ministry. Operating from the Khmeimim airbase, the Russian Air Force continues to inflict pinpoint strikes on Islamic State installations.
“Over the past 24 hours, Sukhoi Su-34 and Su-24M fighter jets have performed 20 sorties and hit nine Islamic State installations,” Igor Konashenkov, Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman, reported.

06:34 GMT
Military expenditure on the counterterrorist operation in Syria is justified and essential, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told the Russia 24 TV channel.
“We are protecting Russian people from the terror threat, because it is better to do it abroad rather than at home,” Medvedev said.
“This expenditure is legitimate with due regard to our country’s current position and the need to upgrade our armed forces,” the PM said, adding that the existing spending pattern is “quite sufficient” to fulfill missions such as the current one in Syria.

02 October 2015

23:23 GMT
A “surge of military activity” in Syria has forced the UN to suspend pre-planned humanitarian intervention, a spokeswoman for UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said.
The UN had arranged for the evacuation of Sunni fighters and their families’ out of the city of Zabadani, on the Lebanese border, which is surrounded by government forces. The UN team also prepared for the safe passage of Shiite civilians in the villages of Foua and Kfary, in Idlib province, which are being held by the rebels.
“The UN calls on all concerned parties to fulfill their responsibilities in the protection of civilians and reach the necessary understandings in order to implement this agreement as soon as possible,” De Mistura’s office said in a statement.

22:40 GMT
The International Information Center in Baghdad is collecting intelligence information on Islamic State activities in both Iraq and Syria, Lieutenant-General, Sergey Kuralenko, representative of the Russian Defence Ministry in Baghdad told RT.
“Its main task is to collect, compile, process and analyze the current inflow of information about the situation in the Middle East within the context of fighting the Islamic State,” Kuralenko said.
Once the information is processed it is quickly shared with command centers in Russia, Iran, Iraq and Syria. The Lieutenant-General stressed that all four parties taking part share “equal rights” and “equal access” to information. The information collected, Kuralenko says, is designed to “improve the precision and effectiveness of strikes.”

21:14 GMT
President Obama has slammed Russia’s policy towards Syria as a “recipe for disaster,” saying that its actions are “driving moderate opposition underground and strengthening Islamic State militants.” The US president has accused Moscow of “propping up Assad.”
While stressing the difference in approaches, Obama said this is not a competition between Russia and the US.
“We’re not going to make Syria a proxy war between the United States and Russia,” Obama told reporters in the White House as he addressed the nation.

21:13 GMT
Russian President Vladimir Putin has assured his French counterpart Francois Hollande that the country’s military operation in Syria is aimed at fighting terrorists and extremist organizations in the region and preserving Syria’s territorial integrity, Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.
While meeting with the European leader, Putin has emphasized that the Russian mission in Syria is carried out in strict accordance with international law, and at the request of the Syrian government, Peskov said.

18:05 GMT
Russian jets have performed 14 combats flights, conducting six pinpoint airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on Friday, Russia’s Defense Ministry said.
“During the day, the Russian aviation group continued conducting pinpoint airstrikes against the infrastructure of the IS group in Syria,” Defense Ministry spokesman, Igor Konashenkov, said.
“Su-34, Su-24-M and Su-25 planes performed 14 flights from Hmaimim air base, during which six airstrikes against IS targets were conducted,” he added.
Among other targets, a terrorist command center was destroyed by Su-24-M and Su-25 attack aircrafts near the town the Khan Shaykhun in Idlib province.

16:52 GMT
The United Nations had to suspend planned humanitarian work in Syria as part of a ceasefire agreement due to a surge of military activities, Staffan de Mistura, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Syria, said.
Aid activities, including evacuations of wounded, had been planned in Zabadani, a town surrounded by pro-government forces near the Lebanon border. Aid was also slated for the rebel-besieged Shia villages of Foua and Kefraya in Idlib province. The aid deal was agreed with UN help and backed by Iran and Turkey.
“The UN calls on all concerned parties to fulfill their responsibilities in the protection of civilians and reach the necessary understandings in order to implement this agreement as soon as possible,” de Mistura said in a statement, without making explicit reference to Russia’s air operation in Syria.

16:12 GMT
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem has questioned the value of political negotiations and said air strikes against militants in his country are useless if they are not coordinated with his government.
“Terrorism cannot be fought only from the air, and all of the previous operations to combat it have only served its spread and outbreak,” Moualem told the United Nations General Assembly.
“Air strikes are useless unless they are conducted in cooperation with the Syrian army, the only force in Syria that is combating terrorism,” he told the 193-nation assembly. (Reuters)

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