Palmyra: Russian sappers unearth depot with 12,000 explosive devices

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ISIS bomb cache in Palmyra: Russian sappers unearth depot with 12,000 explosive devices

… from Russia Today, Moscow

ISIL is gone but they left a lot behind
ISIL is gone… but left a lot behind

[ Editor’s Note: I am old enough to remember the childhood admonition of “idle hands are the devil’s playground”, meaning that you had to keep kids busy on non-destructive projects or they would certainly find mischievous thing to do.

For example, my brother liked to blow things up, and he did, which I guess was an early hint of his future career as an Army Ranger officer.

You will read below the jihadi version of that, how a world UNESCO site was turned into a mega bomb making factory, because they had the area under control for a long time with no threat of real air or ground attack by the Syrian Army.

It was tied up fighting against the Western-Gulf States’ strategy of attacking Syria from as many directions as possible to keep the SSA spread all over the country and unable to concentrate enough firepower to begin retaking lost ground.

This cache of 12,000 does not include the thousands the de-miners have cleared out, another anti-terrorism feather in their hat, which the people who began the war OF terror have not earned in Syria. A lot of Syrian people will not die and be maimed now, but be free to live the lives that those who died to protect them were deniedJim W. Dean ]

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General Igor Konashenkov
General Igor Konashenkov

– First published  …  April 22,  2016

Russian combat engineers, clearing the Syrian city of Palmyra of explosives left behind by Islamic State jihadists, have discovered and defused “one of the largest jihadist arsenals” of more than 12,000 explosive devices.

“The warehouse was well-disguised and discovered through the use of special equipment, brought by Russian engineers to Syria,” General Igor Konashenkov, Defense Ministry spokesman, told reporters.

“They have removed more than 12,000 explosive objects, including large-caliber mortar mines, artillery shells, as well as anti-tank mines and anti-personnel landmines, from the terrorists’ cache.”

He stressed that this is “one of the largest ammunition depots from which improvised explosive devices and bombs were used by Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL] for terrorist attacks not only in the province of Homs but in other areas of Syria just as well.”

Sappers from the Russian Army’s International Anti-mine Center were deployed to Palmyra following the Syrian government’s request to help de-mine the city. Palmyra was recaptured by the Syrian Army backed by Russian forces on March 27.

According to the spokesman, the warehouse was discovered by Russian combat engineers on the outskirts of the city of Palmyra. The terrorists’ arsenal was protected against accidental discovery by trip wires connected to nine demolition bombs.

“Worthy of note is that the discovered arsenal contained about a thousand electronic detonators and home-made radio-controlled detonators used for equipment of improvised explosive devices,” Konashenkov said, adding that the cache was neutralized, with explosive devices cleared and taken to a safe place for disposal.

Earlier this week Russian engineers completed clearing of explosives the architectural and historical part of the UNESCO World Heritage site.

With the help of Uran-6 robots and specially-trained dogs Russian engineers have cleared 234 hectares of land, 23km (14 miles) of roads and 10 architectural objects since April 2, the head of the Russian Army’s engineering unit, Yury Stavitsky, said on Thursday.

In total, 2,991 explosive devices, including 432 makeshift bombs, have been defused. Ninety-eight Russian servicemen have been involved in the effort.

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