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    Russian Su-34 Bombers Strike ISIL-Controlled Oil Facilities

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    Russian Su-34 bombers have launched strikes on ISIL-controlled oil facilities, Russia's General Staff said Wednesday.

    About 500 terrorists' fuel trucks that had been illegally transporting oil from Syria to Iraq were destroyed by Russian aviation in a few days, Col. Gen. Andrei Kartapolov, Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, said.

    "Just in the first few days, [Russian] aviation destroyed about 500 fuel tankers. This greatly hampered the militants' possibility to illegally export energy resources and, accordingly, their income from oil smuggling."

    According to Kartapolov, Russian attack aircraft have started an "open season" on terrorists' fuel trucks carrying oil products.

    "I want to emphasize that today a decision was made, according to which Russian combat aircraft launched a so-called 'free hunt' mission targeting convoys of road tankers transporting oil products belonging to terrorists in areas controlled by ISIL."

    Russia has widened the scope of intelligence gathering in the Middle East by all available means, including satellite reconnaissance, he said.

    "In order to improve the efficiency of detection of terrorist facilities and to ensure the precision of determining their coordinates, we have stepped up all methods of intelligence gathering in the Middle East, including satellite reconnaissance."

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    The Russian Aerospace Forces have carried out 59 sorties and hit 149 ISIL targets on Wednesday by 4 p.m. Moscow time (13:00 GMT), Kartapolov said.

    Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers launched 12 cruise missiles on ISIL targets in Syria's provinces of Aleppo and Idlib and destroyed three terrorist command centers as well as two ammunition depots and a field camp.

    "Tu-160 strategic bombers carried out 12 launches of cruise missiles on ISIL targets in the provinces of Aleppo and Idlib from the territory of the Russian Federation at 09:00-09:10."

    According to the General Staff, Russian jets carried out a major strike on ISIL targets in the Syrian provinces of Raqqa, Deir ez-Zor, Aleppo and Idlib.

    A squadron of Russia's Tu-22M3 long-range bombers launched strikes on six ISIL targets in Raqqa and Idlib, destroying arms and ammunition depots, training camps, as well as plants manufacturing explosive devices.

    "Just a few minutes ago a squadron of long-range Tu-22M3 bombers launched a second strike on six ISIL objects in Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor," Kartapolov added.

    The overall number of sorties scheduled for Wednesday is 100, Russian aircraft are supposed to hit 190 ISIL targets.

    "Airstrikes continue in accordance with the approved plan. To ensure the safety of the flights, the international coalition is being notified in advance of the time of the strikes [launched by Russian jets] and flight corridors."

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      This is excellent coverage of the air campaign. The US has not issued such detailed photographs from the field. To see these mercenary tanker semis going up in flames is remarkable footage. Why is it that the US, FRA, BEL, UK, and Canada did not wreck these vehicles 1.5 years ago?
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      jasin reply toZhukov(Show commentHide comment)
      Zhukov, The Pentagon has to be worried because Russia has tapped into some very rich intel and I don't think it's coming from the West. It's not over because the US is still determined to interfere in Syrian affairs, kill Assad and try to control Syria. But this oil transport thing is a wound ISIS probably won't be able to recover from. That's why the US and Turkey are moving operators to Europe and calling anyone who objects a racist.
    • Terra
      Just in the first few days, [Russian] aviation destroyed about 500 fuel tankers.

      I want to emphasize that today a decision was made, according to which Russian combat aircraft launched a so-called 'free hunt' mission targeting convoys of road tankers transporting oil products belonging to terrorists in areas controlled by ISIL.

      Good job Russia and it is about time you hit their money line!
      Keep up the good work as you always do!!
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      Zhukovin reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, Great observation as to the movement of people. I agree that wrecking the black market oil business has angered the Turks, the Qataris, Jordan, Israel, and certain NATO players whose citizens are reaping profits from off label sales. That the "US coalition" refrained from attacking transports in the open desert is an open admission of deliberate association.
    • marc.hopf
      I guess that ISIS is running out of truck drivers...And sooner or later their business model will be destroyed and the flow of money stops. I am sure that Sultan Erdogan is not amused to loose his pocket money. Destroying the oil trucks and oil facilities has 2 benefits: 1. Create financial problems for ISIS and 2. Stabilise the oilpPrice, whcih is important for Russia. We can already see that the WTI pürice has stopped to decline further. From a chart technical point of view Oil is oversold and shows signs for a recversal.
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      This is good news an obviously where it hurt the most. Why did it take Russia so long to strike the secondary source of funding. Primary source are Saudi Arabia, Israel, Qatar, Turkey and the head of the hegemon, U.S.A.
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      Zhukov, Gen'ral, Bwah, ha, ha, ha. The US Clown AF is shown as lying clowns once again. They couldn't find miles long convoys??? They didn't want to, ISIS are the West's pet terrorists. They only pound sand. An extremely dangerous game of fraud is going on.
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