Russian airstrikes wipe out three ISIS convoys fleeing Raqqa

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The Russians have raised the bar on the speed and numbers of sorties they can get out of their planes and crews

Russian warplanes destroyed three ISIS convoy fleeing Raqqa – 80 terrorists killed

… from Southfront

Intimidation leaflets air dropped in the SE Syrian desert, that the SAA would be attacked if they advanced, presumably by US air attack like before

[ Editor’s Note: There has been no professional appraisal in Western media as to the efficiency and effectiveness of the relatively small Russian air contingent it has in Syria. Remember that Putin had downsized it after the “safe zone” deal was announced, as a de-escalating gesture.

Typically this can only be done by have multiple crews for each plane. While one is flying back from a mission, new pilots can be standing by with a new sortie already selected for them to strike. The ground turnaround time is basically getting the plane refueled and rearmed.

Long buried in the news months ago is the Russians publicizing that virtually their entire fighter pilot list was could not be considered combat experience pilots. This has always been considered a force multiplier, but primarily so for air combat experience. But that said, drills are drills and live mission experience is the real deal where building confidence comes from, and things like air gunnery experience for the helicopter pilots.

ISIS may have felt that splitting up into three convoys would get two of them through, but they were wrong. Even two had gotten out they would have been bombed wherever they had staged themselves at. The Russians have had total surveillance over the battlefields for some time now, as has the US coalition, which has also been getting some live fire experience.

And lastly, we have the report from the FSA jihadis that attacked the SAA troops in the SE Syrian desert that they attack failed due to six Russian planes bombing them in the middle of their attack. That is what you call a ready reaction force, because these US militants tipped their hand with their night time grad missile attack.

The big part of the story is that US planes did not intercept the Russian strike.  Was this due to a “de-confliction” agreement between the two for the SE Syrian theater?  We will be watching closely how this develops, as one big mistake could spin the current war off its axis onto a totally new one, like widening the war... Jim W. Dean ]

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US militants began their attack with a big grad missile  night attack and then TOWs at dawn expecting to roll up the modest SAA force
– First published  …  June 01,  2017 –

Russian warplanes have destroyed three ISIS convoys fleeing Raqqa, the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) claimed in a statement on Thursday. According to the MoD, the convoys were attempting to escape from Raqqah in the southern direction on Monday but this was prevented by the Russian Aerospace Forces.

As a result 80 ISIS terrorists were killed and 36 vehicles, 8 fuel trucks and 17 pick ups equipped with mortars and machine guns were destroyed.

The Command of the Russian Air Force group in Syrian Arab Republic warned that any efforts of ISIS’ insurgents to leave Raqqa through the open corridor to Palmyra will be suppressed.

The first insurgents’ convoy which was heading from Raqqa to Palmyra Russian aviation eliminated on the 25th of May.

On the night of 29 30 May militants took another shot to advance to Palmyra. Three mechanized convoys full with insurgents in the darkness left Raqqa and headed to the South on several routes.

Our intelligence revealed this movement in due time. The Russian Aerospace Forces stroke detected targets,” the statement reads.

The Russian ministary added that the US-led coalition and US-backed forces are maintaining an open corridor for terrorists south of the city of Raqqa.

The city is cut off from the north. In the meantime, SDF stopped its advance and it resulted in leaving breaches in defense lines south off Raqqa. Using that, terrorists are freely crossing Euphrates and trying to redeploy their units to the Southern Syria.

The Command of the Russian Air Force group in Syrian Arab Republic will continue to take all necessary measured in order to prevent any ISIS’ forces to leave Raqqa and move to Homs and Hama provinces.

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  1. The most remarkable admission about this article is that Russia had scaled back its air contingent in Syria. This as a gesture of good faith in the so-called and much abused deconfliction process. Meanwhile, the US continues to build a huge capability for launching a ground war in southern Syria utilizing staging areas firmly established in Jordan and western Iraq. The pretense of fighting ISIS is about over and the US is getting set to seize territory directly from Syria as a gesture to the Russians of its determination to balkanize Syria and oust Assad. As an underscore for this objective, NATO has decided to send troops to ensure the US led effort succeeds! Already, we read Norway has sent special forces troops into far eastern Syria (entering from Iraq) to bolster US troops ensconced in Al Tanf. Clearly, Russia is still nursing illusions that the war in Syria is about ISIS.

  2. Deliberately letting ISUS escape? Doesn’t the War on Terror policy/laws/treaties/whatever say anything about providing safe havens to terrorists? I mean, it is a safe haven when you let them out of an encirclement (or deliberately refuse to encircle them for the same purpose), isn’t it? Providing them with comfort and succour. Freedom and the open road! Letting them go is a war crime!

  3. I think Putin is now playing hardball with all trespassers illegally in Syria including the U.S. and Turks and anyone else there uninvited. Once he clears ISIS he will aid Assad in policing the entire border for an indefinite period. This is in Russia’s interest and Syria’s interest. This is good news. Putin is not going to allow these thieves to steal parts of this great country as they have planned. Thank you Russia for doing us citizens of the U.S. the favor we are unable to do with our totally corrupt whores in Congress. Remember Putin and Russia are there totally legally with permission of Assad. The U.S. and Turks are illegal trespassers.

  4. No doubt trump’s little boy Kushner is not too happy about these events. Probably gonna stomp his feet around the house and call his butt buddy Bibi as to what he should do next. My advice, find a good lawyer and get ready for a nice long prison stay.

  5. Fire phot des not match the text as Khalif Talaat has pointed out. I only hope that Syrians are sending these Non Muslim Non Arab mercernaries to hell where they belong along with Non Human Zionist Filth.

  6. Fire phot des not match the text as Khalif Talaat has pointed out. I only hope that Syrians are sending these Non Muslim Non Arab mercernaries to hell where they belong along with Non Hum,asnZionist Filth.

  7. Mr. Dean… the Arabic caption translates “Pounding the Iranian Militia locations with missile launchers in the Syrian country side.” Thought you might want to know.

  8. Keep up the good work, Russia and Syria. At some point the US/Israel/Khazarian Hegemon of evil can and will be destroyed. One must ultimately take a stand against all evil… and that includes taking a stand against the USA/Rothschild Khazarian Mafia. All those entities must be confronted and, ultimately, neutralized, and destroyed outright. Whatever prevails, it will not include the hegemon. That evil group, entity, power must be irradicated, eliminated, removed from the world. There is no alternative.

  9. that’s 3 less to worry about then…..might even save the USA some money in unpaid wages…..and reclaim insurance for the vehicles supplied….happy days

  10. Apes should understand – no way out. Talk to kurds, Satan or USA – all ways will be cut by Aerospace Forces. At the other hand – it is better to shoot ’em like in shooting-range in the desert, then dig out from the city. No half-measures. A terrorist? – Go to hell immediately!

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