Russia has hit the ISIS ‘capital’ Raqqa with cruise missiles – just hours after saying the passenger jet brought down in Egypt had been bombed.The strikes come after it was revealed French jets had pounded targets in the terrorists’ Syrian stronghold, including a command centre and a recruitment base for jihadists.And tonight, Russian president Vladimir Putin they must work with France as ‘allies’ in their fight against Islamic State in Syria. He told the country’s state TV: ‘You need to establish direct contact with the French and work with them as allies.’Putin’s forces carried out 34 cruise missile strikes over Raqqa, which is seen as Islamic State’s capital city, Idlib and Aleppo. They also deployed long-range Tu-160, Tu-95 and Tu-22 bombers from Russian bases.
Well, that’s interesting. All three of Russia’s long range strike platforms in use at once.
The Tu-22M3 has been used in combat before, in Afghanistan, and elsewhere, dropping conventional dumb bombs. As far as I know, this is the combat debut of both the Tu-160 and the Tu-95MS cruise missile carriers.
This news also probably explains why this post from January of 2014 is getting hits today.