“We are conducting a mass airstrike campaign against Islamic State targets in Syria. We have now doubled the number of sorties, which is allowing us to conduct operations throughout the length and breadth of the country,” Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said during a Security Council meeting in Moscow chaired by the Russian president.Here.
Shoigu said that Russia’s Tu-95, Tu-22 and Tu-160 strategic bombers have been brought into the operation, while the Air Force command added that the strike group has been bolstered with 37 new planes, including Su-34 bombers and Su-27 fighter jets.
The head of the General Staff reported that the new phase of the anti-ISIS campaign will involve 25 long-range bombers flying out of airfields in Russia.
“By conducting military missions in Syria, you are protecting Russia and her citizens,” Putin told his military chiefs. “Our air campaign in Syria must not only be continued, it must be boosted, in such a way that the criminals are made aware that retribution is inevitable.”
Damnit! I called it then let a reader back me off with the idea that they would use the TU-160's instead! SHOULD HAVE STUCK TO MY GUNS! The other bomber was their nuclear striker!
I fucking called it and then backed off. Never again!
Anyway. It seems that my other call is coming true too. Russia is turning into the savior of Europe. France has gladly accepted their assistance, US intel is talking actively about working with Russia and it seems that the Administration will go kicking and screaming to the inevitable.
Assad is the lesser evil and we will see a global alliance against ISIS.