BUH-BYE ISIS: Putin has sent the feared Spetsnaz special forces into Syria to finish off Islamic State
Russia has sent its crack special troops into Syria to back up President Bashar al-Assad’s bid to wipe out his opposition.
Vladimir Putin’s feared Spetsnaz unit and a covert para battalion ghosted into the war-torn country and are preparing for an all-out assault on rebels fighting the regime – including moderate units such as the western-backed Free Syrian Army.
A military source said: “Putin’s marines are there to guard the airbases they are using against sabotage by rebels.
“But Spetsnaz and air-assault troops are not there to provide security to static objects, they are extremely aggressive and highly trained.
“They are there to mop up after air strikes, call in air strikes, go on extremely covert missions against rebels and ultimately wipe them out.
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“And they will not be as accountable as British or US special forces. They are there for one reason, to wipe out anyone threatening Assad. By any means.
“And by doing that they will be consolidating Russia’s position on the Med and in the Middle East.”
Putin claims the mission is to defeat IS – but his warplanes have been helping Assad by smashing rebel positions.
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