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Russian fighter jets conducted strikes to support Turkish troops near al-Bab

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In the wake of a ceasefire agreement between the Syrian government and rebel groups, Russia supported Turkish military operations in the battle against ISIS, with three airstrikes around al-Bab.

Euphrates Shield, a Turkish operation to safeguard its fringe from terrorists, got a notable help from Moscow. Turkish military authorities reported that Russian fighter jets took out 12 ISIS militants in airstrikes.

The Turkish armed forces and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) are fixing their grip on the ISIS-held city, FSA division authority Taha Atraç told Sputnik Turkey of the advance in the region. The Syrian commander anticipates that city of al-Bab will be freed “within the next few days”.

One complication stalling efforts to overtake al-Bab is terrorists’ use of civilians as human shields, Atraç said. The human rights atrocity of mercilessly using citizens as shields is slowing Euphrates Shield efforts. “Without all these civilians in the town we would have seized the city a long time ago.”

Although, Free Syrian Army deployed 1,500 troops to the north, east, and west of al-Bab, in order to surround ISIS. The FSA and Turkey must monitor the south, where militants can introduce reinforcements from the ISIS-stronghold of Raqqa.

Turkey hopes to secure al-Bab for strategic purposes that extend beyond ousting ISIS, since capturing the city would stop Kurdish forces from claiming the city and consolidating their territories which could be seen as a problem by the Turkish government.

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ISIS fighter’s own head-cam films the dramatic moment he is blown to pieces

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Three ISIS jihadis filmed themselves being blown up by a Syrian tank. One fighter’s headcam caught the moment a round struck their armoured vehicle, ending their lives.

One fighter shouts: ‘Tank on the right side’, while another yells: ‘The tank, the tank, the tank is over there, over there, over there.’

As they lose sight of the tank, one fighter asks where it is before another jihadi replies: ‘Over there, the tank will bomb us.’ The fighters desperately plea for anti-tank units, shouting ‘follow us, follow us’ as one mans the gun on the top of the car.

There is then an enormous explosion as the jihadis get hit and wiped out.

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Russian Airstrikes Destroy Nusra Front Attacking Military Police in Idlib

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The Russian Defense Ministry has released a video of Russian airstrikes that helped to check the US-initiated offensive by al-Nusra terrorists in Syria’s Idlib de-escalation zone and break the militants’ siege of a Russian military police unit encircled in the area.

The footage shows armed vehicles being ripped apart by missiles raining down on them by Russian strike fighters and helicopter gunships just as the Syrian Army launched a massive counterattack forcing the jihadists into a retreat.

The al-Nusra Front terrorists used artillery, tanks and infantry fighting vehicles during their offensive to the north and northeast of the city of Hama in the Idlib de-escalation zone penetrating Syrian army defenses to a depth of some 12 kilometers (8 miles).

A statement by the Russian General Staff said that the militants’ attack was “initiated by US secret services to stop the successful advance of government troops to the east of Deir ez-Zor.”
The Americans deny the charges.

A 29-person strong Russian military police unit was encircled and repelled the terrorists’ attacks for several hours fighting alongside members of an allied local tribe until Russian Spetsnaz and Syrian Special Ops units, backed by the Su-25 strike fighters, came to the rescue breaking the enemy siege.

The terrorist offensive has largely been stopped, leaving 850 militants dead and 11 tanks, four armored vehicles and other military hardware completely destroyed.

The Syrian Army, supported by Russian warplanes, launched a counterattack and has almost completely reclaimed its positions in the Idlib de-escalation zone.

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