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Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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Russian Military Releases Video Of Strategic Bombers Attacking Targets In Syria
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Stream: November 17, 2015
Publication: Putin in Syria
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The Russian Ministry of Defence has released video footage of their strategic bombers attacking Syria from airbases inside the Russian Federation:

The video shows cruise missile launches from Tu-160, Tu-95 and Tu-22M bombers, the last of which are also seen releasing salvoes of unguided bombs.

This is, as far as we are aware, the first time that the veteran Tu-95 'Bear' bomber or the Tu-160 have ever been used in combat.

We also see air strikes from the Hmeemeem airbase in Latakia, Syria, conducted by Su-24 and Su-25 jets.

The cruise missiles released appear to be Kh-555s, as identified earlier from wreckage found in Maarat al-Numan:

While the Russian state propaganda channel RT claims that the cruise missiles were fired at ISIS fighters, Maarat al-Numan, in the Idlib province, is well outside ISIS-held territory.

The rebel-held town and its surrounding area have been subjected to near-daily bombing by Russian jets since the air offensive began on September 30.

On November 13, locals reported that Russian jets had bombed neighbouring villages with incendiary weapons, purportedly white phosphorus:

Joseph Dempsey, the research analyst from the International Institute of Strategic Studies who identified the Kh-555 above, also points out newer Kh-101 low-observability (stealth) missiles loaded onto rotary launchers aboard the Tu-160.

According to the MOD, 25 strategic bombers will now be flying sorties from Russian airfields, with 37 new Su-34s and Su-27s joining the deployment in Latakia.

-- Pierre Vaux