A group of Russian sappers have arrived at Khmeimim Air Base in Syria to help demine the ancient city of Palmyra, recently retaken from Islamists for the second time, the Russian Defense Ministry has said.
Why is the US deploying its troops now, when the Syrian army is close to winning its war against radicalism, asks Middle-East expert Catherine Shakdam, while noting that US interventions have never been successful in fighting terrorism in any way.
Russian Major General Pyotr Milyukhin lost both his legs and an eye when a radio controlled bomb hit a military convoy heading from the Tiyas airfield, west of Palmyra, to the Syrian city of Homs, it has been confirmed.
Risking their lives within the crosshairs of terrorist tanks, an RT crew traveled to the battlefront in Palmyra to report on the Syrian army advances in clearing the outskirts of the ancient city from Islamic State jihadists.
The recapture of Palmyra from Islamic State is a “hugely significant” victory which will boost Syrian army morale and demonstrate to jihadists it’s capable of regaining other territory. The ISIS de-facto capital Raqqa could become next analysts told RT.
Russian Tu-95 bombers have struck Islamic State (IS, former ISIS/ISIL) targets in Syria's Raqqa region using X-101 cruise missiles, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement, adding that it informed the US about the operation.