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TOS-1 Buratino Thermobaric Weapons Used Against Rebels In Latakia
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Stream: October 22, 2015
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On October 9, we reported on photos posted to a pro-regime Facebook group showing a Russian TOS-1 Buratino thermobaric missile launcher in Syria.

The original post claimed that the photos were taken in the Hama province. 

Today, photos were posted by a Facebook page for the Latakia National Defence Forces - pro-regime militia - purporting to show these weapons in use in the hills of the province.

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A video was soon uploaded to YouTube on a pro-regime account:

The footage appears to have been filmed in the same area that the photos were taken in. 

Some reports claim that the area struck was rebel-held Jabal al-Akrad, where Captain Basil Zimo, commander of the First Coastal Division of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), was killed by a Russian air strike on October 19.

Reports from the Local Coordination Committees (LCC) describe intense fighting between regime and rebel fighters in this area today, especially near Kafr Dilba, Jubb al-Ahmar and Salma.

According to the LCC, Russian jets conducted more than 20 air strikes on the area this morning, accompanied by artillery and rocket shelling.

The photos and video of the purported TOS-1 usage certainly resemble known footage of such weapons in use: 

The TOS-1 Buratino is capable of inflicting devastating destruction by use of thermobaric missiles, which spread a mist of fuel on impact, before igniting the mix with the surrounding air used as an oxidiser. The result is an explosion with an extremely powerful blast wave that burns up all available oxygen in an enclosed space.

-- Pierre Vaux