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Russian attack aicraft hit IS camp in Syria using opposition-provided data — official

January 19, 21:19 UTC+3
The command of Russia’s air group is continuing interaction with patriotic opposition groups in Syria
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Igor Konashenkov

Igor Konashenkov

© Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS

MOSCOW, January 19. /TASS/. Russia’s Sukhoi-25 fighter-bomber has hit a field camp of the Islamic State in Syria’s Homs province using data provided from the oppositional forces, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov has told the media.

"Several days ago a patriotically-minded opposition group shared information about the location of a field camp of Islamic State militants near Kissin, Homs Province," Konashenkov said.

After extra reconnaissance conducted with the use of drones and more checks through the Baghdad information center a Sukhoi-25 plane attacked the target, Konashenkov said.

"The command of Russia’s air group is continuing interaction with patriotic opposition groups in Syria, fighting against such terrorist groups as the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra," he added.

Russia’s combat planes have been attacking targets of the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra groups (both outlawed in Syria) since September 30, 2015 at the request of President Bashar Assad. Last week, the chief of the General Staff’s operations directorate, Sergey Rudskoy, said that Russian military were getting information about one in five targets they eventually attacked from opposition groups. More than 10,500 opposition militias were fighting against terrorists in Syria.

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