Russian air strikes in Syria between September 19 and 29 resulted in the deaths of 2,359 militants with a further 2,700 or so wounded, the Russian Ministry of Defense has announced. 16 field commanders, and over 400 citizens from the former USSR are among the casualties.  “Terrorist organizations Islamic State and Al-Nusra have sustained their most serious losses for the last several months. Due to the

effective operations of the Russian forces, they have been seriously weakened,” said a statement from the ministry, released on Saturday. The ministry said that over 11 days Russian aircraft destroyed 67 militant outposts, 51 armories, 27 tanks, 21 rocket launchers and nearly 200 specialized vehicles belonging to the Islamist groups. READ MORE