Six Russian Tu-22M3 Bombers Hit ISIS Targets Near Syria’s Abu Kamal

MOSCOW- Six Tupolev Tu-22M3 long-range bombers of the Russian Aerospace Force hit targets of the ISIS terrorist group near the Syrian city of Abu Kamal on Saturday, Russia’s Defense Ministry said, Itar Tass reported.

"On November 18, 2017 six Tu-22M3 long-range bombers delivered air strikes at facilities of the ISIS terrorist group near the city of Abu Kamal (Deir ez-Zor province)," the ministry said, noting the bombers had destroyed military personnel, hardware and weapons of the militants.

 "Special monitoring equipment confirmed that all of the designated targets were hit," the Defense Ministry said.

Over Syria, the Tu-22M3 bombers were escorted by Sukhoi Su-30SM fighters from the Khmeimim airbase. Upon completion of their mission, all Russian planes returned to base.

It is not the first time Russian long-range bombers hit "Islamic State" targets in recent days. Earlier, Russia’s air group and the permanent naval group in the Mediterranean repeatedly furnished support for Syrian government troops in their offensive against terrorist groups in Deir ez-Zor Province.