Russia has sent a new round of fighter jets and bombers to conduct attacks against ISIS in Syria, vowing to up the attacks after it was confirmed that ISIS brought down a Russian jetliner in Egypt.
And Russia struck quickly, killing hundreds of ISIS militants within the first few hours of the attacks beginning.
“A bunker-busting BETAB-500 air bomb dropped from a Sukhoi Su-34 bomber near Raqqa has eliminated the command post of one of the terror groups, together with an underground storage facility for explosives and munitions,” a source told the Express earlier in the week. “These and other highly exact means of attack in recent days have been used to target objects of Islamic State terrorists.”
“Command posts, stores of weapons and oil products, workshops where weapons of suicide bombers are made.”
Russia’s air strikes wiped out 355 targets across ISIS strongholds, Ahlul Bayt News Agency reported this week. That also included 500 oil tanks that had been smuggling oil into Iraq, a key source of revenue for ISIS.
“The Russian air force, in cooperation with the Syrian air force, carried out 186 sorties against ISIS sites in Syria,” Syria news agency reportedThere were more attacks against ISIS this weekend, with Ahlul Bayt News Agency reporting that another 100 ISIS militants were killed by Syrian forces across Syria.
“Another army unit destroyed two vehicles and a base for Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in Utaiya village to the north of al-Nashabiyeh town and killed explosives expert Ahmad Abd Rabou and other terrorists. Army operations targeted dens of ‘Jaish al-Islam’ terrorist organization to the east of Harasta highway, which resulted in establishing control over a number of buildings and the surrounding farms after killing a number of terrorists. While combing the area, engineering units dismantled various explosive devices which were planted by terrorists before their defeat.”
ISIS is now under attack from the majority of the world’s superpowers, with the United States leading air strikes for several months, France upping its attacks, and now China joining in as well. This week, Chinese President Xi Jinping said his country was at war with ISIS after the militant group killed four of its citizens in separate attacks.
Jinping said China would cooperate with the international community in the assault on ISIS, the Mirror reported.
In the U.K., Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to beef up special forces operating against the group and double the number of British drones being used. Cameron said he will also push for Parliament to approve more air strikes against ISIS.
In the last two weeks, ISIS has undertaken its two largest foreign operations, both the bombing of the Russian jetliner and the attack in Paris. The group has vowed more operations outside of its stronghold in Syria and Iraq, but in doing so has also intensified the attacks it faces from western nations.
The actions against ISIS this week and the hundreds of militants killed reportedly included a number of significant targets, with strikes near the group’s strongholds in Syria.