Russian warplanes are obliterating ISIS oil tankers one by one, and this is how they’re doing it
By Gil Ronen
Russia has released footage of what officials claim to be a successful strikes targeting ISIS’s oil-smuggling tanker trucks in northern Syria.
“We’ve attacked many terrorist bases, hits were identified on targets and much damage was caused to the terrorist infrastructure,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement after releasing the footage, which was presented by Russian Armed Forces Lieutenant General Rudskoy in a briefing in Moscow Friday.
Russian officials claimed to have destroyed 17 oil tanker truck columns in the past week alone – part of “a Moscow-led onslaught against ISIS’s oil rackets that Russia says has wiped out nearly 2,000 oil tankers since Russia directly entered the war in Syria in September,” The Telegraph reported.
According to Al Arabiya, it is unclear whether the tankers were being operated by ISIS or by other rebel groups, since Russian warplanes have previously targeted “moderate rebel” groups
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