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    Iranian General Soleimani Supervised Operation to Save Russian Su-24 Pilot

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    The pilot of the downed Russian Su-24 bomber was saved in a joint rescue operation supervised by the commander of Iran's elite Quds Force of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution, Major General Qasem Soleimani.

    Iranian journalist and political analyst Emad Abshenas talked to a friend of his, a Syrian officer, who is currently in Latakia, and has all the details on the ground team that extracted Konstantin Murahtin.

    Soleimani, according to the expert, assembled a rescue team made up of 18 Syrian special operation forces and six Hezbollah fighters with firsthand knowledge of the terrain. They were tasked with saving the pilot, while Russian forces provided air and intelligence support.

    As soon as they reached the front line, Russian aircraft launched airstrikes against rebels forcing them to flee. The team could then advance further into enemy territory.

    The joint team was receiving extremely detailed intelligence information on everything surrounding them, even the movement of ants located hundreds of meters away, Emad Abshenas noted, citing the Syrian officer. In addition to saving Konstantin Murahtin, they also eliminated all terrorists in the area.

    The timing of the operation was perfect but luck played a certain part in its success.

    The Syrian officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, explained that Turkey and the Turkmen could not agree on what to do with the pilot. The former wanted to take him as prisoner and later use him as a bargaining chip in talks with Russia. The rebels insisted that he should be treated like the Jordanian pilot captured by ISIL in late 2014 and burned to death several days later.

    This bickering gave the team enough time to save the Russian pilot.

    All 24 fighters, who took part in the operation, safely reached the base.

    The Kremlin, according to the analyst, received all the latest updates on the rescue operation as the events unfolded. Russian President Vladimir Putin is said to have been closely following the action via satellite transmission.

    On Tuesday, a Turkish F-16 shot down the Su-24, claiming that the aircraft had violated its airspace. Russian officials and the Su-24 pilot, who survived the crash, insist that the plane did not cross into Turkey. The crew, according to the pilot, did not receive any warning prior to the attack.

    The Su-24 downing as well as the missile attack on Russian journalists in Latakia appear to confirm what many have assumed – moderate opposition groups are simply nonexistent in Syria, Emad Abshenas noted.

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    • Terra
      Iranian General Soleimani Supervised Operation to Save Russian Su-24 Pilot

      Bravo, job well done!
    • Well done Iranian General! Go Syria, Russia and Iran.
    • jaodernein garshinvic
      Syrians are alawites (the most pacific kind of Islam you can imagine) and Hezbollah are Shiites but their difference was not at all a problem when came the moment to fight together the mercenary terrorists.
      A big thank you to the resistants of Hezbollah
    • Neochrome
      Iran deserves gratitude of the whole civilized world. Thank You!
    • Victor Sin reply toaleksandr.joseph(Show commentHide comment)
      Don't forget Kurds
    • Mikhas
      God Bless the legendary General!
    • Victor S
      Isn't it amazing that Iran, a part of so-called axis of evil, last time invaded another country was in 1738! USA, which didn't even exist till 1776, has done over 53 military invasions and expeditions so far!
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      Baeutiful news, it is really deeply touching knowing that in the Far Away land Russians beside Syrians have true friends who are ready to risk their own lives to save one Russian. No words can express what kind of great pleasure I have reading this article. These HEROES (all involved in operation including pilot, special forces in particular and all involved high commands) deserve all the best in this world, I wish them long, long healthy and very happy life. These warm and loving wishes are coming to you from snowy far away Berlin.
    • vvj3080
      The world was sceptical when Iran referred to the US as the Greatest Satan because of the pervasive world wide western media propaganda. Now that it is proven, how will the US atone for all its misdeeds throughout the last 5 decades. The worst crime of the US is not in the creation of ISIL but to force the world to use the valueless dollar. The world should abandone US and the hypocritical Europe.
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      It's pleasing to see the joint operation, esp that it was very important to be fulfilled so that Erdogan's hand remain empty. I'm from Iran. Hezballah and Guardians of the Islamic Revolution Force, which have inseparable ties, have stood against the US aggressive policy in the region. These forces are very strong and motivated. Hope triumph for the coalition of Russia, Iran, Hezballah, Syria...
      زنده باد سردار
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      Tactical Investor
      Too bad they could not save the other pilot, who was killed in cold blooded way, and all international laws were broken yet the U.S was quiet.
    • nadezhdochka_25
      we should thanks Iran,Hezbollah and brave syrians for help
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      slimyfoxin reply toTactical Investor (Show commentHide comment)
      , Unfortunately that happened before rescue team was assembled, but they took good measure of these bastards by killing them a lot. For that they will be for ever glorified in my hearth, and again I have no words to describe my gratitude to all of them without exception. Absolutely the best wishes to you heroes, from Berlin
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      Tactical Investor in reply tonadezhdochka_25(Show commentHide comment)
      Big thanks for heroes!
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      luck...dismisses the Source of those who work in capacities unseen by human eyes... there was so much more to this rescue that may never be known.... with all who were part of it
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      Hats off to these brave 24 men, a real rescue operation, find the navigator and kill all Turkmen scum.
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      Elsa JVin reply topapi6dots(Show commentHide comment)
      papi6dots, I agree, the US considers anyone that goes against their wishes to be terrorists and part of the axes of evil. However, they will never acknowledge their mistake.
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      Elsa JVin reply toTactical Investor (Show commentHide comment)
      , Did you expect anything other than ignorance from the U.S.?
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      Elsa JV
      I salute these brave soldiers. God bless you.
    • johancruyff74 .in reply toNeochrome(Show commentHide comment)
      Your stupid and one-dimensional comment actually implies that Iran, one of the most ancient countries in the world, IS NOT one of your self-proclaimed so-called "Civilized W....". You ought to be a fucking Yank, or a Western moron, doubtless. I, happily, AM NOT.
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