Damascus: Russian fighter jets have reportedly bombed the main stronghold of the Takfiri ISIL terror group in Syria’s Raqqa Province, four days into Moscow’s military campaign against terrorists in the Arab state.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said of the Saturday raids “Several Russian strikes” hit ISIL positions west of the provincial capital, also called Raqqa, overnight, and “explosions were heard in the city.”
The London-based group said the western edge of Raqqa had also been targeted by Russian warplanes on Thursday, adding that the attacks killed 12 ISIL terrorists.
The Russian Defense Ministry and the Kremlin said Russian aircraft bombed ISIL targets six times on Friday. Moscow began its military campaign against terrorists on September 30 upon a request from the Damascus government.
On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said one of the key objectives of Moscow’s anti-terror airstrikes in Syria is to preserve the Arab country’s territorial integrity.
However, the Russian raids have drawn criticism from Western governments and their allies in the Middle East, which have been supporting the terrorists operating in the region.