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    Russian Long-Range Bombers Launch Cruise Missile Strikes on Daesh in Raqqa

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    Russian Tu-95MS long-range bombers have launched cruise missile strikes on Daesh targets near the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

    Russian strategic bombers destroyed several terrorist camps, training centers and a command post of one of the major terrorists' units near Daesh's de facto capital of Raqqa.

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    Russian Tu-95MS Long-Range Bombers Launch Cruise Missile Strikes on Daesh in Raqqa

    The ministry said that "reconnaissance means have confirmed the destruction of all designated [terrorist] targets" near Raqqa.

    The strikes have been carried out by brand new Kh-101 cruise missiles.

    The long-range bombers that took off from a Russian airfield flew over Iraq and Iran. After launching cruise missile strikes on Daesh targets, the bombers returned to Russia.

    "Su-30SM and Su-35S provided air cover to the Russian bombers from the Hmeymim airbase."

    Meanwhile, the Pentagon said that Russian and US-led coalition's militaries used mechanism on safety of flights over Syria to avoid any incidents near Raqqa, where the coalition is also conducting airstrikes.

    Russia and the US signed the bilateral memorandum of understanding in October 2015 to ensure flight safety during combat missions over Syria.

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    • avatar
      jas
      heh heh. Russia is really expanding the launch platforms of cruise missiles, very innovative thinking that is sure to have the Pentagon hacks (ESTJs in Meyers-Briggs types) scratching their heads and saying how that's not supposed to work because nobody has ever done it before.
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      chrrev
      how many bloody command posts do those fanatics have, seems there is an endless supply...
    • avatar
      armor
      Remember the old Us of NA tv series called 'The A-Team' ? I always liked it, right at the end, when the boss ,satisfied with the mission, said, lighting a cigar : " I like it when a plan comes together'....:)
      I like to see my favourite Big Bear in the sky, the TU-95. Russia, you are indeed winning.....our hearts....on the way to the liberation of Syria which would never happen without you. I also salute the Syrian Forces and Pres. Assad.
    • siberianhusky
      All roads lead to Tel Aviv even from the entire US government. The act like Pavlov dogs in Washington. The government in Tel Aviv trained them well.
    • landauroj
      Testing Russian weapon has not have better time that being in Syria. Russian just, as a good pupil of the USA, testing the effectiveness of its killing machines.
    • avatar
      tobi.gelando
      Russia do a extreme good job in Syria !!! The Usa terror state and Nato can learn from Russia what is right or wrong !!! if it is wrong what the Usa / Nato is doing Russia will correct it !!!
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      dvdgrg09
      Thank goodness they were brand new missiles and not old used ones
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      vigilante
      Russia and the Kurds will liberate Al Raqqa before the Turks and the USA decide about how to do it ! Turkey will have to bow to an autonomous Syrian Kurdish region on its border. Erdogan may have a nervous breakdown and leave office!
    • james ha
      why would the bombers need a fighter escorts, does ISIS suddenly have an air force? or is it most likely to protect them from U.S. fighter interference. after all, uncle schmuel has been funding these terrorists for quite some time now.
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      Falesteeniin reply tochrrev(Show commentHide comment)
      chrrev, exactly I was thinking same thing!!! I was thinking what hell kind of rag tag terrorists that justifies long range bombers and the high tech weapons!!! But then it dawned on me that those terrorists are an Army private army without official uniforms!!! That belong to official states a shadow army this is a new form of warfare in the 21st century!
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