Reports are suggesting that ISIS are currently on the brink of defeat after Russian jets carried out 40 attacks against the terrorist group. It’s also believed that they’ve cut off their arms supplies as well.
General Igor Konashenkov, who is the spokesman for the Russian Defense Ministry, explained, via the Express, that these attacks were spread out among a number of different ISIS strongholds in Syria, which includes the regions of Aleppo, Hama, Idlib, Latakia, and Deir ez-Zur.
In fact, because of this news the Express felt confident enough to write the headline, “ISIS ‘on verge of defeat’ as Russian jets cut off arms supplies.” However, that is probably a little bit premature.
Russia started to bomb Syria earlier in October in an attempt to bring an end to ISIS’ control of large areas of Syria and Iraq. And now, around two week into their attacks, Russia have allegedly delivered a hammer blow to ISIS by destroying a huge sway of their explosives, which they use in their “suicide bomb attacks.”
Konashenkov explained, “Sukhoi Su-24M bombers delivered pinpoint strikes against terrorist targets near the city of Aleppo. They took out workshops used by the militant group to arm vehicles with explosives, which are used in suicide bomb attacks.”
Alongside the Sukhoi Su-34 and Su-25SM assault aircraft, the Su-24M bomber took off from the Khmeimim airbase before it then arrived at its target and destroyed ISIS’ depot and fuel supplies.
After they completed this destruction they then moved on to the Idlib province where they then destroyed a terrorist training centre that ISIS uses to train their members.
Meanwhile, an SAS veteran has insisted that ISIS will actually only be well and truly defeated once Russian or western troops have been on the ground in Syria and Iraq.
Phil Campion, who is a former special forces soldier, explained to Sky News, via the Express, “Airstrikes alone are not enough to win a war like this. At some stage somebody’s got to get in the weeds and get messy.”
Campion added, “Air power only does half the job. The Peshmerga or somebody has actually got to go down there and sort it out.”
Western or Russian troops will need to assist the Kurds in their attempt to fight back against ISIS in northern Iraq. The Kurds have been trying to combat the ever-growing threat of ISIS, but they lack the equipment and firepower to do so.
“To say that these people need kit is an understatement,” Campion continued. “The only thing that evens this fight up at all is the fact that these guys are so game and willing to fight because otherwise I wouldn’t be here, this would be ruled by IS already.”
Campion is currently in the region to film a documentary about the Kurdish troops that are trying to fight against ISIS.
Conflict between Russia, who are a part of a pro-Assad coalition that is intent on destroying ISIS but keeping Assad in control of Syria, and the U.S.-led coalition, which wants to bring down both Assad and ISIS, increased earlier this week after Washington insisted that rather than trying to defeat ISIS, Russia is trying to enhance Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
This then led Vladmir Putin to respond by insisting that U.S. officials had “mush for brains” because they refused to hand over information regarding ISIS targets.
Putin declared, “We asked on the military level to give us the targets which they consider to be the terrorist ones for sure, 100 per cent. But the answer was: ‘No, we are not ready to do that.'”
The Russian president continued, “Then we thought and asked another question: ‘Then could you tell us where we should not hit?’ Again, no answer. So, what should we do?'”