Saturday, October 07, 2017

Did the Russians just retaliate in Syria for the killing of the two PMCs?

via RT.
Dozens of ISIS militants, among them warlords and foreign fighters, were killed in a series of Russian airstrikes in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said. The Russian Air Force also targeted command posts, heavy weaponry, and ammunition depots.

“During the last day, [a] Russian Air Force task force in Syria [targeted] Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL] reinforcements of foreign fighters coming from Iraq to the vicinity of the town of Abu Kamal near [the] Iraq-Syria border,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

As all terrorist targets, including command outposts, manpower and armored vehicles, were identified and confirmed within a week, a series of airstrikes followed, it added.

“An airstrike near Abu Kamal destroyed Islamists’ outpost, killing some 40 militants from Tajikistan and Iraq, as well as 7 SUVs with DShK and ZU-23-2 machine guns mounted on them,” the statement said.

A separate strike near the city of Mayadin killed up to 80 terrorists, among them nine fighters from the northern Caucasus, and destroyed a command center, 18 SUVs, and three ammunition depots.

Also, Russian jets bombed “a group of 60 foreign fighters, nationals of [former Soviet republics], Tunisia and Egypt,” the statement said, adding that 12 SUVs carrying heavy weapons were destroyed in the airstrike.

The defense ministry also confirmed that a previous strike near Abu Kamal killed influential Islamic State field commanders, said to be “natives of Northern Caucasus.”

Earlier this week, Russian surgical strikes targeted a number of terrorist leaders in various parts of Syria.
Story here. 

Hmm.  By my count they're short of the 100 to 1 that the USSR would have extracted but 180 dead terrorists isn't a bad start.

Maybe they're counting the terrorist leader as 20.  Just a sick joke, don't get your panties in a bunch.

Regardless the death of terrorists by the forces of any nation is good news. I stand by my thinking that we should bury the hatchet with Russia and team with them to end the fighting in Syria poste haste.

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