Russia strikes ISIS: Russia upped the intensity of its bombing of the Islamic State targets in Syria.
This comes after it was confirmed that a bomb attack had caused the crash of Russia’s passenger jet, which killed all 224 people aboard. President Vladimir Putin said that those responsible for the attack will be punished. Although he did not point to a specific group, he said that the tragedy was “one of the bloodiest crimes.”
“We will not wipe away the tears from our souls and our hearts. This will stay with us forever,” he said.
FSB head, Alexander Bortnikov, said the plane crashed after a bomb containing the equivalent of 1 kilogram of TNT went off aboard. This resulted in the plane to break apart, which caused the fuselage to fall and scatter over a large area. Bortnikov said he was certain that it was “a terrorist act.” Further tests revealed that the bomb was produced outside Russia.
The air campaign in Syria “should not only be continued but should be intensified so that the criminals realize that retribution is inevitable,” Putin remarked. Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu, said the targets of the bombings included Islamic State’s stronghold of Raqqa, as well as Deir al-Zour. Shoigu said 206 “terrorist” targets had been struck.
A reward of $50 million was announced by Russia’s security agency for information that would lead to the capture of the perpetrators, Yahoo News reports.
Russia’s finding comes days following a series of coordinated attacks in Paris that rocked the French capital, killing 129 people and wounding at least 350. The plane crash is the deadliest attack against a Russian target since the Beslan school massacre in 2004.
Russia suspended all of its flights to Egypt, also banning its national carrier from flying there.