After the recent terrorist attacks, including the bombing of a Russian airplane, Vladimir Putin has amped up his fight against ISIS.
Over the last few days, Russian aircrafts have carried out a number airstrikes on the Islamic State in Syria. They have successfully hit over 1,000 oil tankers which were carrying stolen oil to ISIS refineries. The Russian Air Force hit a total of 472 terrorist targets over the course of two days in Syria.
According to Major General Igor Konashenkov, spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, all of the Russian aircrafts returned to the Khmeimim airbase successfully. He spoke about the air missions in a recent press conference saying, “Russian bombers taking off from the Khmeimim airbase flew on combat missions to destroy tanker convoys and oil refineries in the areas of oilfields in the north and east of Syria,” Konashenkov said. “A major oil depot was destroyed 15 kilometers southwest of the city of Raqqa.” He added that Russian aircrafts have destroyed over 1,000 ISIS tankers with crude oil in the last five days.
After an official request from Bashar Al Assad, Russia began its counter terrorist missions in Syria at the end of September. A decision was made last week to increase efforts including more aircrafts and airstrikes on ISIS targets.
Russia’s decision to increase pressure on the terrorist group came after the Russian passenger plane was destroyed by an ISIS bomb killing 224 people. It was not initially clear who or what was responsible for bringing the plane down over Egypt, however ISIS eventually took responsibility.
President Vladimir Putin said he would find and punish the terrorist who were responsible for the attack saying, “Our military work in Syria must not only continue. It must be strengthened in such a way so that the terrorists will understand that retribution is inevitable.”
According to RT, Russian Air Force pilots who are carrying out attacks against ISIS in Syria have been sending emotional messages to their targets, writing “For Paris” and “For our people” on the sides of the high explosive bombs.
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