18:39 GMT +325 March 2017
    In this undated file photo released by a militant website, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, militants of the Islamic State group hold up their weapons and wave its flags on their vehicles in a convoy on a road leading to Iraq, while riding in Raqqa city in Syria

    Daesh Moves 5,000 Terrorists to Syrian Raqqa, Deir ez-Zor From Iraqi Mosul

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    Intelligence data showed that up to 5,000 Daesh terrorists have been moved to Syria’s Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor from Iraq’s Mosul, Russian Reconciliation Center said in a statement on Sunday.

    The Russian Defense Ministry’s reconciliation center cited intelligence data that showed that Daesh terrorist group had moved up to 5,000 fighters to the cities of Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor from the Iraqi stronghold of Mosul.

    At the same time, the reconciliation center reported that Daesh had moved considerable forces from their stronghold of Raqqa after the US-backed offensive of Arab and Kurdish rebels was stalled. More forces and equipment were relocated from the vicinity of Deir ez-Zor.

    The Iraqi operation to liberate Mosul, which was occupied by Daesh (ISIL or the Islamic State) terrorist group (outlawed in Russia) in June 2014, has been ongoing since October 17. The offensive is led by Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Iraqi soldiers backed by the US-led anti-terror coalition.

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      How does 5,000 people simply sneaks out from besieged city right under noses of USAF? Did they shave their beards and dress as women and then ran for the border?
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      Daesh set themselves up for obliteration doing the work of the Us neo-cons 40 days to Trump becoming president. Obama and his cronies are trying to do as much damage as possible they don't care about the lives of innocents.Who is going to bring these war criminals to justice doesn't seem like any God cares if you believe that stuff.
    • Hermes
      USA Moves 5,000 Terrorists to Syrian Raqqa, Deir ez-Zor From Iraqi Mosul.There's only one Central Command for the terrorists and that's Tel Aviv.
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      And why cannot Russia wipe them out?
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      Technically it is called as prior design of the US.
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      Something very fishy is going on over there and I do not know what kind of game Russia (Putin) is playing. If there is evidence that 5000 terrorists moved from Mosul yo Syria than if we assume that about 10 people can be carried by these Pick-up's (5 in a cabin and 5 on the back of a vehicle) than we are speaking about 500 vehicles. That is quite significant quantity of trucks and night vision cameras or thermal cameras can detect them easy because either stars and moon lightning desert so easy to spot by night vision or engine heath very visible for thermal cameras.

      Taking in account that Russia has T-22 bombers which can be located at Hmeimim and can carry a largest thermobaric bomb which has distraction radius of between 600 – 800 m which is seriously large area. That is a circle of 1200m up to 1600m on diameter where all is burned out and nothing lives after detonation on that area. Once terrorist movement is spotted the bomber should be deployed and hit them hard.

      I know that Russians know well that this is a quick and thorough solution how to incinerate this terrorists and beside that they have means to do it. The question is why they do not use ultimate power to eradicate these terrorists? Is it possible that Russian leaders do not want quick end of war as they need real battlefield to test their weapons as well as clear stockpiles of old ordinances as USA usually do and replace them with modern and sophisticated one?

      Answer is known to Russian leaders and we can only guess. In our unprofessional view we can draw the lines between dots and see the picture, but background of Russian decisions is and will be unknown to us.
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