Photos allegedly taken over Idlib seem to prove Russian Migs, Sukhois and drones are currently operating against ISIS in Syria
Pictures allegedly shot over Idlib and posted on Twitter seem to suggest Sukhoi Su-27 (or derivative) Flanker, Mig-29 Fulcrum, Su-34 Fullback jets and Pchela-1T drone are operating in Syria.
#Syria Nusra linked acc. posted pics of Russian made drone & jets flying over Western #Idlib. Huge if true. pic.twitter.com/1xPuUbD9an
— Green lemon (@green_lemonnn) September 2, 2015
Provided the pictures are genuine and taken in Syria in the last couple of days, they would really prove a Russian expeditionary force has already arrived in the country and started flying from an Assad-controlled airbase near Damascus as reported by some Israeli media outlets.
During the past days, Flightradar24.com has exposed several flights of a Russian Air Force (even though the registration shown by FR24 is Syrian – there has been a bit of confusion around this plane since if was first logged in Sept. 2014) Il-76 airlifter (caught by means of its Mode-S transponder) flying to and from Damascus using radio callsign “Manny 6”, most probably supporting the deployment of a Russian expeditionary force.
Recent reports claimed Russia was in talks to sell Damascus some MiG-29s but the rumors were refuted by MiG CEO Sergei Korotkov.
If the pictures are real, the current makeup of the Russian detachment would include attack planes (Su-34), as well as some air-superiority ones (MiG-29 and Su-27) and UAVs (Pchela 1T – a drone with a of range 60 km).
Whether the Russian Air Force operations against ISIS in Syria are coordinated with the U.S.-led coalition that daily conducts air strikes in the country is unclear. Let’s hope they talk each other, otherwise one of the next days the Su-27s may make a close encounter with a stealthy US F-22 providing kinetic situational awareness to other coalition combat planes.
In the meanwhile the Kremlin denies the participation of Russia in the anti-ISIS airstrikes….
We will update you as soon as more details confirming or refuting the deployment emerge.
Image credit: FR24.com and @green_lemonnn
Because supporting Islamic extremist groups using chemical weapons on women and children in Syria, is better, how?
That was debunked by a Christian nun on the ground in that town at that time. It happened but she gave very good testimony as to why it was not Assad .
I doubt they’re coordinating with US forces, but it certainly shows ISIS is sufficiently scary to get Russia involved.
20% of the Russian population is Moslem and some of the young Moslem citizens of Russia have already been recruited by ISIS. That’s why Russia is involved. And I believe they are getting ready for a major land campaign against ISIS, which the US just cannot afford.
I say let them do it. Europe and the US hasnt shown the interest in doing it.
Tell israel to stop giving ISIS air support and tow missile, ISIS is israel right arm mercenaries pay by saudi arabia and trained by israel
so that they could invade Israel…..that doesn’t make any sense …..think about it for a second. ISIS is a direct threat to ISRAEL , hello ?