Wie bereits in den Kommentaren zu den vorangegangenen Einträgen angemerkt: Nicht nur die Luftangriffe, auch der Information Warfare läuft im Fall Syrien auf Hochtouren. Eine interessante Einschätzung zum russischen Vorgehen gibt’s bei Defense News vom (in Moskau lebenden) Kollegen Matthew Bodner: Russia Shows Early Success, New Capabilities in Syria
Fürs Archiv hier wieder die Lagemeldungen des russischen Verteidigungsministeriums und der US-geführten Operation Inherent Resolve zum Nachlesen.
Die Meldung des russischen Verteidigungsministeriums (in der englischen Originalfassung):
In the course of the last 24 hours, aircraft of the Russian air group in the Syrian Arab Republic have continued making pinpoint strikes against ISIS infrastructural facilities.
Russian aviation performed 33 combat sorties from the Hmeymim airbase engaging 49 ISIS facilities in the Aleppo, Damascus, Idlib, Lattakia and Hama provinces.
During the last 24 hours, the strikes of the Russian aviation resulted in elimination of the following targets:
- 2 command centres of illegal armed groups;
- 3 depots with ammunition and armament;
- 2 underground bunkers;
- 32 firing positions in mountain-woody areas;
- 9 fortified firing positions of illegal armed groups;
- a workshop used for production of launching ramps and rocket projectiles.
During an air reconnaissance mission near Al-Ess (Idlib province), Russian UAVs uncovered a command centre of one of the Jabhat al-Nusra units.
After additional reconnaissance check through other channels, a Su-24 bomber made an airstrike against the object. The hit of an air bomb resulted in destruction of the command centre and 2 trucks equipped with AA artillery systems ZU-23 near it.
Near Jubb al-Zarus (Hama province), a Su-34 bomber made an airstrike with guided bombs on underground shelters with a branched network of exits in different parts of the inhabited area. The direct hits of air bombs destroyed the complex of underground terrorist facilities.
Near Djdayda settlement (Aleppo province), Su-25 attack aircraft eliminated a workshop used for production of self-made rockets. The equipped facility manufactured single-use launching ramps and rockets for distant fire at Syrian Armed Forces’ positions and inhabited areas. The direct hit of an air bomb resulted in detonation of explosives and destruction of the whole facility.
Near Duwayr al-Akrad (Lattakia province), a pair of Su-25 attack aircraft made two successive strikes with high-explosive bombs on a large ISIS training camp detected by means of Russian reconnaissance. The strikes caused complete destruction of the camp and all the training facilities.
Precision strikes of the Russian combat aviation in the Damascus province have crucially changed the operational situation in this region.
The ISIS militants suffering a severe lack of ammunition are leaving their positions in large numbers.
Last night, reconnaissance means registered retreating of several large detachments, about 100-man-strong each, in direction of Marj al-Sultan.
After combat task performance, all the Russian aircraft have returned to the Hmeymim airbase.
Die Meldung der Operation Inherent Resolve:
October 19, 2015
Release # 201510019-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Military Strikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria and Iraq
SOUTHWEST ASIA- On Oct. 18, coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq. In Syria, coalition military forces conducted one strike using fighter aircraft. Separately in Iraq, coalition military forces conducted 17 strikes coordinated with and in support of the Government of Iraq using rocket artillery and bomber, fighter, attack, and remotely piloted aircraft ISIL targets.
The following is a summary of the strikes conducted against ISIL since the last press release:
• Near Manbij, one strike destroyed three ISIL tactical vehicles.
• Near Al Baghdadi, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL bunker and wounded an ISIL fighter.
• Near Bayji, two strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL mortar system.
• Near Fallujah, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL weapons cache, an ISIL building, and an ISIL mortar system.
• Near Kisik, one strike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and wounded an ISIL fighter.
• Near Ramadi, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed four ISIL fighting positions, four ISIL buildings, four ISIL heavy machine guns, two ISIL vehicles, and denied ISIL access to terrain.
• Near Sinjar, four strikes struck two separate ISIL tactical units and destroyed 17 ISIL fighting positions, two ISIL vehicles, an ISIL assembly area, and two ISIL command and control nodes.
• Near Tal Afar, four strikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle, four ISIL fighting positions, and wounded an ISIL fighter.
Strike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base safely.
Separately, on October 15 near Aleppo, Syria, U.S. military forces conducted one airstrike against a network of veteran al Qa’ida operatives, sometimes called the „Khorasan Group,“ who are plotting external attacks against the United States and our allies. This strike was previously reported as an ISIL strike
The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, and the wider international community.
The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the group’s ability to project terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Iraq include Australia, Canada, France, Jordan, Netherlands, United Kingdom, and the United States. Coalition nations which have conducted strikes in Syria include Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and the U.S.
(Foto: Screenshot aus einem Video des russischen Verteidigungsministeriums; Su-34 beim Abwurf von KAB-500S über Raqqa/Syrien am 9.10.2015)