WATCH: Russia releases video of air strikes on ISIS oil tankers, facilities

Russia claims that there continues to be oil-smuggling from Syria to Turkey.

December 27, 2015 11:27
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Russia releases video of air strikes on Islamic State oil tankers, facilities‏

Russia releases video of air strikes on Islamic State oil tankers, facilities‏


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Russian Defense Ministry on Friday released new videos showing its air force performing strikes against what they say are Islamic State targets in Syria.

According to the defense ministry, Russia has focused its strikes on illegal oil trade routes in Syria, having destroyed nearly 2,000 oil tankers owned by militants.

A black-and-white drone footage released on Friday showed bombs hitting what the ministry called a militants' headquarters, a training center, a weapons warehouse and a hideaway, but no exact locations were given for those targets.

Another video showed dozens of trucks on a road. According to the ministry, the video was filmed by one of its drones over Syrian-Turkish border. Trucks were also seen hit by the Russian air strikes.

Russia claimed that there continues to be oil-smuggling from Syria to Turkey.

Moscow says its air strikes target Islamic State militants but rebels and residents say they are causing hundreds of civilian casualties through indiscriminate bombing well away from the front-lines.

Russia began a major aerial campaign on Sept. 30 in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad, its ally, who earlier in the year suffered a series of setbacks including the loss of Idlib province and other areas of crucial strategic importance.

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