Satellite images released online has shown that US-led coalition jets have destroyed the Al-Tabqa airbase in the defacto ISIS capital of Raqqa.

The same photos show that the runway and the aircraft hangers were destroyed.

The US-led airstrikes also struck the Al-Jarrah air base hangers in the eastern countryside of Aleppo.

This particular airbase was captured by Islamist groups in February 2013, before being captured by ISIS in 2014.

Majd Fahd contributed to this article from Damascus 

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IS has no planes. The US destroys future SAA infrastructure.
Intention or no-brainer?

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It could be also the work of ISIS : they are so stupids 🙁
Bombs dropped fron airplane are doing bigger damage. I guess the shelters where destroyed by the airplanes, the others lanes by ISIS.
Give them the Sahara, they will lack sand :mrgreen:

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Wrong my dear AMS! There are special anti-runways bombs! The first ever made was the Matra (MBDA now) Durandal. The prototypes were used directly in combat during the 6 Days War as it was a joint research Matra+IWi. Note : Duandal is the sister sabre to Excalibur and belonged to knight Roland de Ronceveau. He managed to retain a 100k Saracen army alone with her but ended seriously wounded. Not wanting her to be seized by the infidels, he tried to destroy the sabre, thus creating the Roland’s breach in the Pyrenees mountains (40m wide, 100m high) but Durandal was… Read more »

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What do You think – do they look like special craters?

p.s. AMS & I also have heard of airfield bombs – but neither of us would know the craters. That is too specialized.

I only said that it makes no sense to create craters and that I suspect the coalition because that would be done by someone that considers it standard procedure or wants to cause future costs.

And AMS thinks IS is always good for all no brainers.
Which is a truism.

p.s. Trust Germans to be nice in such matters. Tongue out.

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“What do You think – do they look like special craters? p.s. AMS & I also have heard of airfield bombs – but neither of us would know the craters. That is too specialized” => Seems I do 😉 This is nothing new : the first attack with these type of specialised weapons was made 50y ago by Israel with the Durandal prototypes. Even USAF bought these! You do a little search and how these works and picture of the typical craters will show, I’ve even pointed some. “I only said that it makes no sense to create craters and… Read more »

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Ok. So only test and training. Because training is standard procedure if it is not an airfield where You have to pay repairs.

Not into conspiracy but into strategic planing.
And if You destroy a runway the airport cannot be used at no cost immediately after retaking it.

p.s. I do not understand thumbdowns mindset, try to inform if I think that helps and close my eyes if it is IMHO not worth it.

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They definitely show moronic tendencies.

The shelters are probably bombed. The rest?

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Note the roaches put vehicles across the runway to prevent any assault-landing by C-130s, C-17s…
“Give them the Sahara, they will lack sand”
=> This was said by an US politician about the Fed-Bank 😉

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Dumb me did not. Thx. The conclusion is the did not blow the air field.

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You contradict yourself : if the roaches put vehicles across the runway to prevent any assault-landing, then they could Put a bunch of sand, that is very easy. But may be the US are particulary stupids, I dont know 🙂

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Nope. I don’t contradict : IS put vehicles to avoid Tabqa being taken by assault landing. Well, this technique is not common to US but very common to the French (Kolwezi and many other cases. Well, usually, you also airdrop an airborne armoured division+paratroopers somewhere else), Israel (Entebe airport). What you have had here wasn’t : – Daesh wanting to neutralise the airport : already done! – Coalition wanting to neutralise the airport : Daesh has no air force – Will of destroying Syrian infrastructures : it has no purposes => The real thing : weapon testing+training! Maybe MBDA proposed… Read more »

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“The US destroys future SAA infrastructure. Intention or no-brainer?” => These are very specialized anti-runway weapons! 100% intention! But probably not on the purpose to destroy infrastructure : you have not very often the opportunity to do a live test as, usually, a retired AFB is transferred to civilian use, moreover, better have some teams of pilots trained to cordinate such action : you don’t need so much munitions to neutralise a runway : 50 are enough. And visibly, they tested anti-bunkers bombs too… Now, what’s not really reassuring is that Erdogollum bought 21,000 BLU-109 874kg bunker-buster guided bombs for… Read more »

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Ok. This answered my question of the post above.
They are testing. But it is Syrian property not theirs.
So I’d call it Vandalism.

You need bunker busters to take towns.
Maybe Kurdish towns?

21k is enough for a medium genocide of town dwellers.

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Su objetivo de EE.UU. es dañar la economía de Siria y lo ha demostrado bombardeando infraestructura Sirio en varios lugares.

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ISIS does not have an air force, so the airbase is not much use to them. It is obvious, that the USA wants to prevent the SyAF to take it back into use after it is recaptured.

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Nope, you have simply an airbase with reinforced aircraft shelters populated by lunatics not every day to test weaponry, such opportunity comes once or twice every 20-30 years. BTW, this can absolutely be repaired. Anyway, this is 60’s-70’s style facilities, frankly, with modern aircraft, you don’t need air-bases anymore, look @ 0:12 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yh9daBvh5vg A few hundred meters straight road, a warehouse along and you’ve got an airbase and you can have hundreds anywhere, even a mall could be an airbase. Old school ones are still interesting only if you have bombers like Tu-22M, Tu-160, B-1B, B-2 and other heavy stuff… Read more »

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You should not believe everything on print, especially from media that are not well-known.