For Paris: Russian military write messages to Isis on bombs

November 21, 2015 10:43 am

 ’s Ministry of Defence posted a video online of air force personnel writing the messages. Picture / Facebook

Russian state TV on Friday showed Russian air force ground crew
writing “For Ours!” and “For Paris!” on bombs being attached to Russian
warplanes.
“Pilots and technicians of Hmeymim airbase have sent
their message to terrorists by priority airmail,” said a caption
accompanying an online post, the Daily Mail reports.

A member of the Russian air force writing a message on a bomb. Picture / Facebook
A member of the Russian air force writing a message on a bomb. Picture / Facebook
According to Russia’s defense minister, Russian warplanes
have flown 522 sorties and destroyed over 800 targets over the last four
days. Russian long-range bombers and navy ships have launched 101
cruise missiles in four days, including 18 fired Friday by Russian navy
ships from the Caspian Sea.
The Russian military has destroyed
numerous oil facilities and tankers controlled by the Islamic State
group in , sharply cutting its income, defense minister Sergei
Shoigu said Friday.

Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin on Friday that
Russian warplanes destroyed 15 oil refining and storage facilities in
Syria and 525 trucks carrying oil during this week’s bombing blitz. He
said this deprived IS of $1.5 million in daily income from oil sales.
Russia,
which has conducted an air campaign in Syria since Sept. 30, sharply
raised the intensity starting Tuesday following confirmation that the
Russian Metrojet plane in Egypt was downed by a bomb, which the Islamic
State group said it had planted. All 224 people aboard the plane, mostly
Russian tourists, were killed.
Putin has discussed cooperating
on fighting IS during his meetings with President Barack Obama and other
Western leaders at the sidelines of the Group of 20 rich and developing
nations in Turkey this week.
French President Francois Hollande
is set to travel to Washington and Moscow next week for talks on joint
military action against IS, and Putin already has ordered the military
to cooperate with the French.
Shoigu said the strikes this week
inflicted significant casualties on IS, including more than 600
militants killed in just one strike in the province of Deir el-Zour. The
claim could not be independently confirmed.
U.S. and French planes have also struck at oil targets in Deir el-Zour and elsewhere.
Putin
hailed the military’s performance, but added that “there is still a lot
of work to do … to rid Syria of militants and terrorists and protect
Russia from possible terror attacks.” Putin has ruled out Russian ground
action in Syria, a position reaffirmed Friday by his spokesman, Dmitry
Peskov.
The Kremlin has used the air campaign in Syria to showcase an array of new weapons, including state-of-the art cruise missiles.
On
Friday, a pair of Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers flew from a base on
the Kola Peninsula over the Norwegian Sea, the North Atlantic and the
Strait of Gibraltar and into the Mediterranean to launch long-range
cruise missiles on targets in Syria, demonstrating the Russian
military’s global reach.
Flights operating out of Beirut airport
will continue unaffected despite a notice of planned Russian naval
drills in the Mediterranean, airport official Ibrahim Abu Alioun said
Friday. Lebanese national carrier Airlines said some flights
to Gulf Arab states would take longer because alternative routes would
be taken.

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