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RE: Russia sends its airforce to fight ISIS
So has Russia started to concentrate on IS or are they still in a minority of targets hit?

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RE: Russia sends its airforce to fight ISIS
I don't know about the stats, but ISIS is being hit much more frequently than in the beginning stages of the operation. Apparently, our pilots like to particularly strike Raqqua, a lot of videos coming from its vicinity. This has two explanations, one of them being revenge for the downed Russian airliner, the other that Assad has made enough ground gains against the "rebels" and Al Nusrah for the Russians to feel safe enough in the region (before, the militants were relatively close to the Russian airbase on the coast).

What's more interesting is that Russia seems to use that whole Syria operation for a show off. The military command apparently wants the West to see our military capabilities, because a lot of the weapons used in Syria (cruise missiles, strategic aviation, fighter jets) are in fact designated for conventional war, not for fighting an insurgency. More so, they are using some of our newest stuff, which wouldn't be tactically necessary. The other point, I guess, is to test out all of the new equipment in practice and to show the results to potential arms buyers.

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2015 Nov 20 14:36
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RE: Russia sends its airforce to fight ISIS
"For our people [who died in the aircrash]" and "For Paris"

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Quote:Russian cruise missiles hits ISIS from Mediterranean & Caspian; 600 killed in one strike

The Russian military has launched cruise missiles against Islamic State positions in Syria from both the Mediterranean and Caspian seas, one of which killed over 600 terrorists in the Deir Ex-Zor Province, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has said.
“On November 20, the warships of the Caspian Fleet launched 18 cruise missiles at seven targets in the provinces of Raqqa, Idlib and Aleppo. All targets were hit successfully,” he reported to President Vladimir Putin.

Overall, there are 10 warships taking part in the operation, six of which are in the Mediterranean.

Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) have been suffering huge losses as a result of the Russian offensive, Shoigu said, adding that data on the ground shows that the flow of terrorists arriving in Syria has decreased, while more and more militants are fleeing the warzone to head north and south-west.

Over the past four days, Russian air forces have conducted 522 sorties, deploying more than 100 cruise missiles and 1,400 tons of bombs of various types, the minister stated.

He added that a strike on a target in Deir ez-Zor utilizing multiple cruise missiles had killed more than 600 militants.

Shoigu stressed that the number of aircraft taking part in the operation has been doubled, and now consists of 69 jets conducting 143 sorties on a daily basis.

The minister pointed out that Russia is focused on destroying the terrorists’ economic base, having targeted 15 oil storage and refinery facilities as well as 525 oil trucks.

“We stopped supplies of 60,000 tons of oil per day to the black market and terrorists are losing $1.5 million daily,” Shoigu said.

Russia has also destroyed 23 jihadists training camps, 19 plants producing explosives, 47 ammunition depots, as well as many other targets, according to the minister.

In addition, Russia’s air campaign has provided significant support for Syrian government troops near Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia and Palmyra, he noted.

He also added that the Russian military has begun cooperating with its French counterparts, as ordered by President Putin.

The Defense Ministry has published a video showing Russian servicemen at the Khmeimim airbase in Syria writing ‘For our people’ and ‘For Paris’ on bombs that were later dropped on the terrorists.

“We have a lot of evidence that Russian airstrikes are effective,” Syrian Brigadier General Ali Maihub told Interfax.

“Russian mass airstrikes did irreparable damage to international terrorist organizations in Syria, disrupted their administration and financing systems and destroyed their bases and depots,” he added.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov still maintains that Russia will not engage in a ground operation against the IS in Syria.

“There has been no discussion about a ground operation and there is still no discussion,” Peskov told reporters.

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry have discussed in a phone conversation the need for a joint effort to combat Islamic State in Syria, as well as the necessity of launching talks between Damascus and the Syrian opposition, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

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RE: Russia sends its airforce to fight ISIS
It seems the Russians are really pounding the 'terrorists' from the air but this begs the question: who is going to clean up on the ground? The Syrians, Kurds, etc.? I've been thinking of the protracted bombing campaign that the U.S. waged against the North Vietnam during the Vietnam War- a spectacular failure given that, even after a massive bombing campaign, the North Vietnamese would simply disperse and slink off into the jungle.

An air campaign is useless without men on the ground.

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