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    Cruise missile strikes on ISIL targets in Syria, launched over 1500 km away, from the Caspian Sea

    Russian Warships Launch 18 Cruise Missiles on Terrorist Targets in Syria

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    Russian warships from the Caspian flotilla have launched 18 cruise missiles on terrorist targets in Syria, Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Thursday.

    "On November 20, warships of the Caspian Flotilla have launched 18 cruise missiles on seven [terrorist] targets in the provinces of Raqqa, Idlib and Aleppo. All targets were destroyed," Shoigu said in a report to president Vladimir Putin.

    "In the whole, during the aerial operation cruise missile were launched from the Mediterranean and Caspian Seas over a distance of up to 1,500 km, and aircraft were taking off from Russian and Syrian airfields. From the Caspian Sea, 29 aircraft of the long-range and bomber aviation were involved in the airstrikes."

    According to Shoigu, ten ships are involved in Russia's military operations in Syria, six of them are in the Mediterranean Sea.

    "In the past four days, Russia's strategic and tactical aviation carried out 522 combat sorties, a total of 101 air-and sea-based cruise missiles were launched, some 1,400 tonnes of bombs of various types were dropped."

    He added that during the mission the operational range of Tu-160 strategic bombers from the Mediterranean was over 13,000 km.

    "A total of 826 enemy targets were destroyed," Shoigu added.

    "Each day, 143 sorties are carried out. The sea fraction includes ten ships, six of which are in the Mediterranean Sea," the minister said.

    "In accordance with your instructions, the [Russian] Armed Forces are carrying out a retaliation operation to destroy the leaders of terrorist organizations and their supporters, disorganize their control and logistics systems, as well as destroy ISIL military and oil and gas infrastructure."

    He added that "in this regard, the aviation group has been doubled and increased to include 69 aircraft."

    Russian military operation in the Syrian Arab Republic stopped ISIL from delivering 60,000 tons of illegal oil a day to the black market. Now Islamic State terrorists are losing $1.5 million daily, Shoigu said.

    The Russian Aerospace Forces are focused on undermining ISIL's financial base, the minister said.

    "Main efforts are focused on destroying the ISIL financial and economic base. A total of 525 tank trucks and 15 storage and refinery facilities have been destroyed in the operation."

    As a result of a cruise missiles' strike on just one jihadist target, over 600 ISIL terrorists were destroyed in Syria's province of Deir ez-Zor, Shoigu said, adding that terrorists are suffering major losses.

    "Twenty three terrorist training bases, 19 plants producing arms and explosives, 47 depots with ammunition and funds, as well as other objects were destroyed."

    "This helped the Syrian government forces to continue successful actions in the provinces of Aleppo, Idlib, mountainous Latakia and Palmyra."

    Russia's military action in Syria is carried out well, but is not enough to free the Arab Republic of terrorism and protect Russia from potential attacks, President Vladimir Putin said during a video conference with military commanders, thanking them for their work.

    "The tasks are being carried out, and they are carried out well," Putin said Thursday.

    "But this is so far not enough to clear Syria of fighters, terrorists, and shield Russia from possible terrorist attacks," the president added. "There is a lot of work ahead of us and I hope the next stages will be carried out just as professionally, and bring the expected results."

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      The Outlaw Empire's Public Broadcasting System, PBS, has aired a report about the alleged strike against tankers, but used the video footage from Russian airstrikes without attribution in its report, claiming the Russian strikes were those of the Empire!! No, I'm not making this up! Click the link and see for yourself!!

      Hello Sputnik!! Is anyone home? This is a great scoop that must be republished as much as possible! Please do your part!!
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      Next stages that should be interesting keep up the good work Russia and destroy all the West's and Arabs proxy armies. Death from the skies great stuff.
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      Thank you Russia for sending Isis terrorists to meet their maker! I hope the west has learned its lesson not to play with terrorism! Keep up the good work on the battle field and the information media vigilant!
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      Elmertedin reply tokarlof1(Show commentHide comment)
      karlof1, good job man!
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      The headings should read 1.4 thousand tons instead of 1.4 tons...makes a difference on the receiving end...
    • Syden A D
      Increase the cost of support rendered to those terrorists.... Such that their sponsors can give up on them
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      How much more bombing can this poor country take before it implodes?
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      Bombing ISIS for weeks proves just how much the west has built them up. Real nationalist groups like the IRA and ETA would have been wiped in two days of such bombardment, and maybe only one.
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      "mickmcnulty" makes a very strong point. This exposes the extent of the build up of ISIS by outside forces. What is being described as being destroyed is nothing less than the resources of a nation state. So what has been built is a State within a State. Let that sink in.
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      "mickmcnulty" makes a very strong point. The Russian attacks expose the depth of what has been built by outside forces. What is being described as being destroyed is nothing less than the resources of a nation state. And of course President Putin provided(some may say confronted)the G20 with proof of this outside interference and manipulation.
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      Russia has been doing a good job so far and so good, however, it is better do not forget that the American is can they way in Syria with grand to air Missile to shout down Russia plain, so for the Russians pilots be aware, they are coward, they have been protecting the terrorist till now, and Russia is pounding exactly what their interests are oil and gas. SO RUSSIA BE AWARE, PLS, there has been rumour that the IS have bought anti air graft from Ukraine, and Ukraine is willing to do anything against Russia. If that is the case, Russia has to act against Ukraine immediately, can't not wait for tomorrow.
    • marc.hopf
      Russia does not only keep the momentum of their airstrikes, they increase it on a weekly basis - excellent!
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      what did Putin say once, not long ago, this year in fact? "it is all about the timing" rest asure, Ukraine will be lost to the NATO cause. it is only about the timing. NATO have greater concerns to deal with. they must ask themselves if they are still able to defend their allies. name just few: Saudi Arabia, Izrael, Qatar, Bahrein, Georgia, to name just those in the region...
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