Fighting between the Syrian Army, backed by local fighters, against ISIS, is continuing in the eastern province of Deir Ezzour.

Pro-government forces recently had to withdraw and abandon their gains, as they were unable to set-up sufficient defenses, putting them in a bad position to deal with an ISIS counter-attack. Areas they withdrew from include the cemetery.

According to sources, a fleet of 6 Tupolev Tu-22M strike bombers targeted ISIS’ positions and military assets in Deir Ezzour earlier today, assisting the Syrian Army in its fight against the hard-line Islamist group.

ISIS casualties remain unclear at this point, but more details should emerge in the next few hours. The Tu-22M bomber is a potent piece of military hardware, and is currently operated by Russia and Ukraine.

Author’s Twitter Username: @SulimanM98

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coyotl
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2017-01-21 14:30

At last. Great.

blitz
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2017-01-21 20:43

Ruasf HAS to start striking enemy forward positions and movements! The enemy outnumbers defenders greatly, so unless they are hit from above; SAA will be hard pressed to accomplish anything against such a more numerous enemy.

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2017-01-22 06:05

If Tu-22M3 are fully loaded, including the wing racks, although there’d still some payload available, you can have 69x250kg bombs carried at once so 414 for 6 aircraft and + 100 tons is nice for a raid. Previous raids, they carried only 10 FAB-250 per plane which made me said that the only purpose was advertising the SVP-24 targetting system as even an old Mig-23 can carry 2.5t payload. If 250kg thermobarics are used instead, well, it might be devastating. Thus, the problem is that most of combat on the ground, especially in urban area, is too short range to… Read more »