Russia said yesterday that its jets had blitzed nine Isis terrorist targets in the previous 24 hours.
They included a concealed forest base near the north-western city of Idlib, where Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said 30 vehicles had been destroyed — including several ancient Soviet bloc T-55 tanks used by the terrorists.
Russian state news agency RIA Novosti quoted a Russian military source’s claims that 3,000 Islamic State (Isis), Nusra Front and Yarmouk Army fighters had fled Syria to Jordan since the start of Moscow’s bombing last week.
Nato governments continue to complain that Russia is bombing the so-called Free Syrian Army and not their preferred target Isis. This is because the FSA are intended by Nato to depose President Assad and form a more compliant government favourable to their interests. As such Nato governments are concerned by any moves which might undermine the FSA or destroy weapons that they have supplied overtly or covertly to it.
But Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that his US counterpart John Kerry had failed to reveal where the rebel group was operating.
“Where is it?” he asked. “It remains a phantom group. Nothing is known about it.”