16:14 May. 24, 2016
ISIL militants reportedly responsible for attack
American intelligence firm Stratfor claims, an airbase used by Russian forces has been destroyed in Syria. The company has published satellite photos allegedly showing debris left from the buildings, BBC reports.
According to Stratfor, the images demonstrate the wreckage of several MI-24 combat choppers as well as a MiG-25 fighter jet. The aircraft is said to belong to the Syrian air force.
The report also claims, the site was hit several times by militants from the so-called Islamic State. This conclusion is based on the statement by ISIL, in which the extremists have claimed responsibility for the attack.
Russian officials have released no comment on the matter so far. There is also no information about possible losses.
The airbase was located near Syrian historic city of Palmyra. The city itself was previously controlled by ISIL. However, at the end of March Syrian army managed to liberate it from the extremists. Russian servicemen were said to directly support the Syrian military.