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 Russia launches massive strikes on Syrian Idlib and Homs provinces

Aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov has begun combat operations towards the war-torn city after reaching Syrian shores last week.

As reported by Censor.NET citing the Mirror, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu confirmed that the Russian Federation had begun strikes it claimed would wipe ISIS out.

"Today, we started a major operation to launch massive strikes on Daesh and al-Nusra Front targets in the Idlib and Homs provinces [in Syria]," Shoigu said at a meeting with the ministry's leadership and defense enterprises.

"For the first time in the history of participation of the Russian Navy in operations, the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrying cruiser began taking part.

"Our Su-33 aircraft began working from this cruiser today. Before this, we carried out very careful, thorough reconnaissance of all targets," Shoigu said.

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According to the defense minister, they will target weapons depots and arms factories.

Intelligence sources previously told how they feared Russian President Vladimir Putin will launch a huge assault on Aleppo while America is distracted with the U.S. election.

And these fears will be heightened now it has emerged the huge vessel has arrived days after Donald Trump was declared the new U.S. president.

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Syrian government forces backed by Russian air power launched a major assault on rebel-held eastern Aleppo in September.

It led to international fury with horrifying pictures showing children being buried under rubble and hospitals targeted by bombs.

With rebels still holding out in the city, Putin dispatched more firepower to the country, with observers fearing a huge assault could soon get underway.

 
 
 
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