Damascus: Is the end of Islamic State nearing in Syria? If media reports are to go by, Russia is moving swiftly towards achieving that objective in the war-torn country.
As per a report in the Daily Express, Russia, which began air strikes against the ISIS earlier this month, has managed to cut-off arms supplies to the terror group and the caliphate may be on the verge of defeat.
The report quoted a defence official as saying that Russian military jets have conducted more than 40 sorties and carried out as many attacks against the ISIS since Wednesday.
ISIS strongholds in Aleppo, Hama, Idlib, Latakia and Deir ez-Zur were targeted, the official added.
ISIS, at present, controls vast swathes of Syria and Iraq.
"Sukhoi Su-24M bombers delivered pinpoint strikes against terrorist targets near the city of Aleppo. They took out workshops used by the militant terrorist group to arm vehicles with explosives, which are used in suicide bomb attacks," General Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Russian Defence Ministry, said.
And an attack by Su-25SM ground-support aircraft near Huraytan destroyed the group's arms depot and fuel supplies, the report said, adding the same planes were reportedly used to obliterate a terrorist training centre in the Idlib province.
Justifying air strikes against the ISIS, Russian President Vladimir Putin had said that his country wants to "contribute to the fight against terrorism" which threatens "the whole world".