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Russia pounds Syria for third day running



Russia continues its pounding of Syria for the third straight day of heavy bombing blitz as strategic bombers struck ISIS strongholds, military officials informed.

Russia sharply raised its intensity this week on President Vladimir Putin’s orders since it began to conduct air strikes in Syria since September 30th.
The Russian President told its military to step up attacks after it was confirmed that the ill-fated Russian plane crash in Egypt that killed all 224 people on board was downed by a bomb, which ISIS promptly claimed responsibility for.
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Overall, Russian warplanes flew 126 combat sorties Wednesday, and on Thursday, more than 100 sorties are to be flown, Kartapolov said.

Early Thursday, the Tu-95 strategic bombers launched 12 long-range cruise missiles on IS targets, including its headquarters in the province of Idlib, fuel depots and a factory making explosives, he said.

A squadron of Tu-22M3 long-range bombers on Thursday struck six facilities in the provinces of Raqqa and Deir el Zour, hitting IS oil refineries, an ammunition depot and a facility manufacturing and repairing mortars, Col. Gen. Andrei Kartapolov of the Russian military General Staff.

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