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Russia Attacks ISIS Stronghold In Syria With Massive Airstrike

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On Nov. 17, the Russian military coordinated an attack on ISIS stronghold Raqqa, Syria.

Using no less than 25 Backfire, Bear, and Blackjack bombers, the long-range missile air raid targeted ISIS forces in Syria, The Daily Beast reports.

The raid was referred to as part of “a new plan [for] the air campaign,” Russian General Staff Chief Gen. Valery Gerasimov said.

“During a massive airstrike today, 14 important ISIL targets were destroyed by 34 air-launched cruise missiles,” Gerasimov said, using an alternate acronym for the Islamic State. “The targets destroyed include command posts that were used to coordinate ISIL activities in the provinces of Idlib and Aleppo, munition and supply depots in the northwestern part of Syria.”

The Russian warplanes conducted 127 sorties and hit 206 targets, a source in the Russian defense ministry told RT.

The Independent reports that the United States government was given notice ahead of the strikes, as the two countries have said they will cooperate with one another in the fight against ISIS.

The Russian attack came shortly after the country revealed that the plane that crashed in Sinai was brought down by a terrorist bomb, prompting them to escalate their military campaign against ISIS in Syria.

"Our military work in Syria must not only continue," Russian President Vladimir Putin said. "It must be strengthened in such a way so that the terrorists will understand that retribution is inevitable."

Sources: The Daily Beast, RT, The Independent / Photo Source: Freedom House/Flickr

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