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WATCH: Russia Uses Unprecedented Firepower Against Islamic State In Syria

A day after Russia officially confirmed that the civilian airplane that crashed in the Sinai Peninsula at the end of October was downed by a bomb aboard, Russia’s army in Syria stepped up its actions against Islamic State.

ISIS affiliate Waliyat Sinai has claimed responsibility for the downing of the Russian plane and the death of all 224 people aboard. The group filmed the explosion that downed the plane and released the video shortly after the attack. The plane was flying at an altitude of more than 30,000 feet after taking off from the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh when an explosion occurred.

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Today, Islamic State published details about how the plane was brought down in its Dabiq online magazine. The organization said it downed the plane with an improvised explosive device that was hidden in a soda can.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced yesterday that he has ordered Special Forces of the Red Army to find and punish those responsible for the attack on the plane and promised a $50 million reward for information that will lead to the arrest of those responsible. The Russian leader also pledged to increase Russia’s military activity in Syria in response to the terrorist attack by Islamic State.

“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,” Putin declared.

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The Russian army didn’t waste time and launched an unprecedented cruise missile assault on Islamic State in Syria earlier today. The Kremlin confirmed that Russian warplanes had fired multiple cruise missiles at Raqqa, the capital of ISIS, and on Islamic State positions in the Aleppo and Idlib Provinces in Syria.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu of Russia reported that “the missiles were launched from Tu-160 (Black Jack) and Tu-95 (Bear) warplanes, and said they were among 2,300 sorties carried out by the Russian military in the past 48 days.” ”The 34 cruise missiles destroyed 13 key targets including command post that were used to coordinate ISIS activities in Idlib and Aleppo,” General Valery Gerasimov, Russia’s Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, announced.

French government officials later confirmed the Russian strikes on Raqqa, and images of the cruise missiles flying over Syria appeared on social media. The cruise missile attacks on Islamic State were launched after the Russians had briefed the U.S. led anti-ISIS coalition in Qatar.

The Russians will also bring an additional 37 warplanes to Syria “including eight Su-34 (Fullback) strike fighters and four Su-27 fighter jets,” The Russian news agency Sputnik reported.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged the international community today to unite on the fate of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Lavrov wants the U.S. and its allies to drop the demand for the resignation of Assad. Moscow wants the Syrian people to decide on Assad’s fate…

 if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.


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