Russia is pounding the ISIS with missiles fired from nuclear bombers in response to the confirmation that Metrojet was downed by terrorists and upon the request by the French government in the wakes of the Paris attacks.
Tu-160, Tu-95MS, Tu-22M3 long-range aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces, as well as eight Su-34 bombers and four SU-27SM jet fighters are blitzing the ISIS relentlessly in 24 hours, in the extreme goal of erasing them on the face of the world.
As a result of the first 24 hours after Russian president Vladimir Putin ordered intensification of Russian presence in Syria, 14 major terrorist facilities were obliterated. For the first time in the course of four years of Civil War in the region, the Syrian Armed Forces was able to liberate 80 invaded areas and now assumed control over a territory of over 500 square kilometers.
Russia had readied 127 combat sorties in a plan to obliterate 206 terrorist facilities. As of Nov. 17, the Russian aviation had performed 82 combat sorties and engaged 140 objects of the illegal armed groups, according to the announcement of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. The bombings concentrated in Raqqah, Deir-ez-Zor, Idlib and Aleppo. Large depots of ammunition, ISIS training camps where suicide bombers were being trained and three large factories manufacturing explosives, suicide vests and unguided rockets were obliterated.
For the first time since September, when Russia decided to conduct airstrikes in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry had informed the U.S. Air Force Command and other coalition countries of its plan of operation in advance. On Monday, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. president Barack Obama made the first move to join forces with Mr. Putin in the fight against ISIS. This gave hope that rumors of a looming World War 3 was averted as a result of the Paris attacks. Russia vowed that its fight against the ISIS will be merciless. Mr. Cameron and Mr. Obama showed indication that they are on board.