Putin: Russian weapons turned tide in Syria

2016-05-10 22:01
A Russian SU-24M jet fighter armed with laser guided bombs takes off from a runaway at Hmeimim airbase in Syria. (Alexander Kots, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Photo via AP)

A Russian SU-24M jet fighter armed with laser guided bombs takes off from a runaway at Hmeimim airbase in Syria. (Alexander Kots, Komsomolskaya Pravda, Photo via AP)

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Moscow - President Vladimir Putin says Russia's new weapons have proven their worth in Syria.

Putin said on Tuesday that Russian aircraft have flown more than 10 000 combat missions since the air campaign began on September 30. He said they struck more than 30 000 targets, including 200 oil facilities, allowing the Syrian military to drive militants from 500 towns and villages.

Russia has for the first time tested in combat its new air- and sea-launched cruise missiles to hit targets in Syria.

The Russian military pulled out some of its aircraft from Syria in March but has continued to strike the Islamic State group and the al-Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front.

A Russian- and US-brokered cease-fire that began on February 27 has helped reduce hostilities, although fighting has continued in some areas.

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