RUSSIA, TURKEY CONDUCT FIRST JOINT AIR STRIKE ON DAESH IN SYRIA
MOSCOW, Russia, Russia and Turkey have started their first joint air operation against militants of the Daesh in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, a senior Russian military officer said here.
“The air operation, agreed with the Syrian side, involves nine Russian combat planes and eight Turkish jets,” Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy, Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff, told a news briefing.
A total of 36 facilities have been targeted, and drones and satellites conducted an additional reconnaissance of the targets over the past two days, said Rudskoy, adding that, the joint operation was “highly successful.”
The “previously unparalleled joint action” became possible, after Russian and Turkish Air Forces signed a memorandum on Jan 12, on preventing incidents and ensuring aviation safety during operations in Syria.
With support of Russian jets, the Syrian government forces are now attacking the terrorists around Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra, the Lt. General said.
Russia and Turkey brokered a nationwide truce in war-torn Syria, from Dec 30, but it does not apply to Daesh and other terrorist groups.
Ceasefire violations were recorded every day, but the number was on the decline.
Mediators and Syrian conflicting factions are expected to meet in Astana, Kazakhstan, later this month, to seek a settlement of the chronic crisis, which has claimed more than 300,000 lives and displaced nearly 11 million others.
Conditions should be created, to ensure a real dialogue between all responsible sides, for the interests of the Syrian people, during the upcoming Astana talk, said Rudskoy.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORKhttps://syrianewsgazette.com/russia-turkey-conduct-first-joint-air-strike-on-daesh-in-syria/General