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Russian strikes help Syrian rebels free 20 areas from ISIS control

2742644 11/20/2015 A Tu-160 bomber of the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces fires cruise missiles at ISIS targets in the Mediterranean Sea in Syria. (Still from the video published by the Russian Defense Ministry on its official YouTube channel)./Ministry of defence of the Russian Federation

The Russian Air Force has helped the Syrian Democratic Forces liberate 20 residential areas from Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS/ISIL) around the city of Raqqa, the extremist groups’ stronghold, a Russian military spokesman said.

Assisted by Russian air support, the Syrian Democratic Forces have made significant progress in IS-controlled areas in Syria, according to the head of the Russian General Staff’s operations department, Lieutenant-General Sergey Rudskoy.

“The troops of the Syrian Democratic Forces, commanded by Ayman Flyat el-Ganim, with the support of the Russian Air Force, conducted an offensive toward the ISIS capital, Raqqa. As a result of this offensive, approximately 20 residential areas were liberated from extremists. Strategic control was established over the important dam on the river Euphrates at al-Ahmar,”Rudskoy said at a press conference in Moscow.


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