Russia Claims ISIS Now On The Ropes As Fighters Desert After 60 Airstrikes In 72 Hours

Tyler Durden's picture

One question that’s been asked repeatedly over the past thirteen months is why Washington has been unable to achieve the Pentagon’s stated goal of “degrading and defeating” ISIS despite the fact that the “battle” pits the most advanced air force on the planet against what amounts to a ragtag band of militants running around the desert in basketball shoes. 

Those of a skeptical persuasion have been inclined to suggest that perhaps the US isn’t fully committed to the fight. Explanations for that suggestion range from the mainstream (the White House is loathe to get the US into another Mid-East war) to the “conspiratorial” (the CIA created ISIS and thus doesn’t want to destroy the group due to its value as a strategic asset). 

The implication in all of this is that a modern army that was truly determined to destroy the group could likely do so in a matter of months if not weeks and so once Russia began flying sorties from Latakia, the world was anxious to see just how long the various rebel groups operating in Syria could hold up under bombardment by the Russian air force. 

The answer, apparently, is “less than a week.” 

On Saturday, the Russian Ministry of Defense said it has conducted 60 bombing runs in 72 hours, hitting more than 50 ISIS targets.

According to the ministry (Facebook page is here), Islamic State fighters are in a state of “panic” and more than 600 have deserted. 

Here's what happens when the Russians locate a terrorist "command center": 

According to The Kremlin, the structure shown in the video is (or, more appropriately, "was") "an ISIS hardened command centre near Raqqah." Su-34s hit it with concrete-piercing BETAB-500s setting off a series of explosions and fires that "completely destroyed the object."  

Here's RT:

Surgical airstrikes by Russian fighter jets have knocked out a number of Islamic State installations in Syria, including the battle headquarters of a jihadist group near Raqqa, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.


“Over the past 24 hours, Sukhoi Su-34 and Su-24M fighter jets have performed 20 sorties and hit nine Islamic State installations,” Igor Konashenkov, Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman, reported.


Konashenkov added that yesterday evening Russian aircraft went on six sorties, inflicting strikes on three terrorist installations.


“A bunker-busting BETAB-500 air bomb dropped from a Sukhoi Su-34 bomber near Raqqa has eliminated the command post of one of the terror groups, together with an underground storage facility for explosives and munitions,” the spokesman said.


Commenting on the video filmed by a Russian UAV monitoring the assault near Raqqa, Konashenkov noted, “a powerful explosion inside the bunker indicates it was also used for storing a large quantity of munitions.


“As you can see, a direct hit on the installation resulted in the detonation of explosives and multiple fires. It was completely demolished,” the spokesman said.

And here's the Russian Defense Ministry taking a page out of the US Postal Service's "neither rain, sleet, snow, nor hail" book on the way to serving notice that nothing is going to stop the Russian air force from exterminating Assad's enemies in Syria:

Twenty-four hours a day #UAV's are monitoring the situation in the ISIS activity areas. All the detected targets are effectively engaged day and night in any weather conditions.

Now obviously one must consider the source here, but Kremlin spin tactics aside, one cannot help but be amazed with the pace at which this is apparently unfolding. If any of the above is even close to accurate, it means that Russia is on schedule to declare victory over ISIS (and everyone else it looks like) in a matter of weeks, which would not only be extremely embarrassing for Washington, but would also effectively prove that the US has never truly embarked on an honest effort to rid Syria of the extremist groups the Western media claims are the scourge of humanity.

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Seasmoke's picture

Watch out for False Flags on US soil !!!

smartmil's picture

The US 18 months and no oil well targets. Now PBS show picture of tanker trucks, oil wells being target. But those were Russian video targeting those oil depot. PBS should correct it show. Public television is now selling B S for the military. US 18 month no strikes on terrorist oil field held. Money for terrorist making them strong. Now US wants Russia to join their coalition, led by US of course. This will take oil well targets off the Russian radar. Remember Russia was invited by Syria, if we go in then we are the aggressor, war crimes is the result. Moderates terrorist and extreme terrorist no deference to Russia. Keep pounding them till their blue in the face. Also I must say that perfect kidkraft dollhouse furniture you may find by click this link...

smartmil's picture

I am watching Russia Today news for the reports on middle east. They do short films on blowing the cover of some anti assad ngo's such as Syrian Observatory for Human rights which is run by one man from a two bed house in Coventry UK. He has not been in Syria since 2000. His website is quoted on a lot of mainstream news such as CNN and BBC. When asked where he gets his info from if he is not in Syria, he says from people he knows back in Syria...that's it.. One report on his English website blamed Russia for a particular target but on his Arabic website the exact same report blamed Assad.

Lumberjack's picture

We should be very cautious as langley will take the liss out on us like an abusive alcholic would...

nope-1004's picture

This is a Russian military defeat of US interests/allies.  Let's recognize it for what it really is and also note that it took Russia only 2-3 weeks to accomplish what the US has been "trying" to do for almost a year.

The Bush/Clinton/Rubin/Soros/CIA/MIC corruption is clear for all to see.



AlaricBalth's picture

The bumbling Obama...

Hello?... Uh... Hello D- uh hello Vladimir? Listen uh uh I can't hear too well. Do you suppose you could turn the music down just a little?... Oh-ho, that's much better... yeah... huh... yes... Fine, I can hear you now, Vladimir... Clear and plain and coming through fine... I'm coming through fine, too, eh?... Good, then... well, then, as you say, we're both coming through fine... Good... Well, it's good that you're fine and... and I'm fine... I agree with you, it's great to be fine... a-ha-ha-ha-ha... Now then, Vladimir, you know how we've always talked about the possibility of something going wrong with the Bomb... The bomb, Vladimir... The hydrogen bomb!... Well now, what happened is... ahm... one of our base commanders, he had a sort of... well, he went a little funny in the head... you know... just a little... funny. And, ah... he went and did a silly thing... Well, I'll tell you what he did. He ordered his planes... to attack your country... Ah... Well, let me finish, Vladimir... Let me finish, Vladimir... Well listen, how do you think I feel about it?... Can you imagine how I feel about it, Vladimir?... Why do you think I'm calling you? Just to say hello?... Of course I like to speak to you!... Of course I like to say hello!... Not now, but anytime, Vladimir. I'm just calling up to tell you something terrible has happened... It's a friendly call. Of course it's a friendly call... Listen, if it wasn't friendly... you probably wouldn't have even got it... They will not reach their targets for at least another hour... I am... I am positive, Vladimir... Listen, I've been all over this with your ambassador. It is not a trick... Well, I'll tell you. We'd like to give your air staff a complete run-down on the targets, the flight plans, and the defensive systems of the planes... Yes! I mean i-i-i-if we're unable to recall the planes, then... I'd say that, ah... well, ah... we're just gonna have to help you destroy them, Vladimir... I know they're our boys... All right, well listen now. Who should we call?... Who should we call, Vladimir? The... wha-whe, the People... you, sorry, you faded away there... The People's Central Air Defense Headquarters... Where is that, Vladimir?... In Omsk... Right... Yes... Oh, you'll call them first, will you?... Uh-huh... Listen, do you happen to have the phone number on you, Vladimir?... Whe-ah, what? I see, just ask for Omsk information... Ah-ah-eh-uhm-hm... I'm sorry, too, Vladimir... I'm very sorry... All right, you're sorrier than I am, but I am as sorry as well... I am as sorry as you are, Vladimir! Don't say that you're more sorry than I am, because I'm capable of being just as sorry as you are... So we're both sorry, all right?... All right.

the phantom's picture

I guess this means no more 2 mile long ISIS, toyota truck convoys flying black flags?  Still a ways to go... need to see the Syrian/Iranian ground troops start moping up, then it's for real.  Once that happens, the panic will really hit ISIS and the rest of the terrorists.  That's when those dogs go back to their masters, the Saudi's, and ask some real tough questions.  I would not want to be a member of the royal family when that happens.

Bumpo's picture

Time for the US to crawl home, wimpering, with its tail between its legs. Karma is a bitch, man. But in this case, well deserved.

palmereldritch's picture

I wonder if the Russians took out any sound stages?...We need a gross of orange jumpsuits for wardrobe...Stat!

THX 1178's picture

I thougt the US would use ISIS as a pretext to invade the ME and take the oil. Now what will we do?

Scooby Dooby Doo's picture

Ha ha. ni hao bitchez!

China shows up and it's all over.

Paveway IV's picture

After Russia, China and Iran take over ISIS North in Syria, they need to keep going and take out ISIS South (aka Israel).

Lumberjack's picture

The one concern I have are Israel's 5 nuclear armed dolphin subs. I think some boating accidents are in order.

USisCorrupt's picture

Putin knows how to get a war over QUICKLY !


The US needs to pay off the Puppet Masters.


A SICK world.

Money Counterfeiter's picture
Money Counterfeiter (not verified) USisCorrupt Oct 3, 2015 5:52 PM

Russia need to take out Israel.   Fuck we will print some cash for them.

SuperRay's picture

How sad is it when a bunch of freedom loving, independent-minded, hard working Americans who cling to the idea that the Constitution of the United States needs to be the basis of our Republic, including Gold and Silver as real money, have to thank a dictator for exposing the vast corruption of their own government?  

cnmcdee's picture

Your completely right, the psychopaths in the shadow government will not hesitate to detonate a nuke in say Chicago and use it as a pre-emptive to hit Iran before this closing pincer move can finish off ISIS.  We are closer to a disaster than we can image.


Manthong's picture

They should all just chill for a while and take a short get away trip to their luxury resort in Mosul.

A few days working on the tan, sipping cool goat’s milk smoothies by the pool, and catching up on some overdue Koran reading would go a long way in calming the tensions build up by a sustained and merciless Russian assault.


FEDbuster's picture

Price of heroin just went up.  CIA needs to railse more cash to buy ISIS more weapons.  McCain says give our boys (ISIS) anti-aircraft missiles.  Selling drugs to raise money for insurgents, where is Oliver North when you need him?

smartmil's picture

The truth hurts huh America? Our tax $ have been supporting ISIS & Al-CIA-DA for over a decade now. Putin has had enough and will tip the scales within weeks, laying the groundwork for a new dynamic in the ME.

hannah's picture

the funny switch is that putin isnt a commie. he may be a dictator but he isnt a commie in the old 1940/50 mode. yet obama is a commie. putin wants to succeed. obama wants to tell everyone he is the big boss regardless of his success or failure. we live in a fucked up world right now....

Stuck on Zero's picture

Obama is a nihilist. Simple.

Vincent.Vega's picture

> the funny switch is that putin isnt a commie.

Bro, Russians have never been commies, but victims of the Jewish communists.

If you want to know about communits, think of on of the "founding fathers" of the "Russian" (read Jewish) Revolution - Leo Trotsky and his Jewish thugs from the Jew York City responsible for genocide of 60 million ethnic Russians and other slavic people. Another good example is Karl Marx along with his homosexual partner Friedrich Engels -- both were German Jews and the original commies.

The truth is, there are more [Jewish] communists in USSA then there were in USSR.


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The Indelicate Genius (not verified) Vincent.Vega Oct 4, 2015 5:02 PM

In 1917, the Allies were in distress and desperately needed American aid, but all their efforts to bring the United States into the war on their side had failed. It was then that the English commenced secret negotiations with the American Zionists. The latter proposed a deal: "If you will promise to hand over Palestine to us if you are victorious, we will guarantee to bring America into the war on your side." If America was brought into the war, it seemed almost certain that Germany would be unable to resist the strength of the resulting coalition.

The deal was concluded, and the American Zionists fulfilled their part of the bargain, and brought the USA into the war, and by the celebrated Balfour Declaration, the British Government made Palestine into a national home for the Jews.

Up to this moment, everything seemed satisfactory. Both sides had fulfilled their engagements. However, England, in her distress, had not foreseen the consequences of this decision. The Arabs had not been consulted in the course of these negotiations, and it soon became apparent that while one party in the British Government was promising Palestine to the Jews, another branch of the same Government was promising the same land to the Arabs through the intermediary action of Lawrence of Arabia.

These two pledges were manifestly inconsistent, and if England on the one hand was obliged to accommodate the Jews, on the other she had important interests of her own in the Arab countries of the Near East. The Jews had one capital advantage. They were on the spot in both London and New York, whereas the Arabs were a long way away from the centre of action.

At first the British Government played the Jewish card to the full, and endeavoured to maintain a precarious balance between the Jews and the Arabs. At the time of the Balfour Declaration the Jews had promised that they would not infringe the rights of the Arab population, but the whole world knew that it was an impossible undertaking, and one which the Jews had no intention whatever of respecting.

Thus, to start with the British Government was in favour of establishing a Jewish community which would be built up by immigration, but confrontations with the Arabs rapidly became aggravated. Hitler's rise to power, and his anti-Jewish position, brought matters to boiling point. The British tried to calm the Jews, and cut down on the immigration of international Jews to Palestine. But how is one to reason with the Jews when they are in the grip of their messianic fervour? The influx of Jewish aliens drove the Arabs to flight from a country which they could legitimately consider as their own, since they had lived there for centuries, and they piled into refugee camps in which they have since eked out a miserable and hopeless existence. Massacres, such as at Deir Yassin, provoked a general exodus, and hundreds of thousands more fled to these camps. The Arab States, for their part, did nothing to ameliorate the condition of these unfortunate refugees, and consequently the situation became more and more explosive for the English, who were confronted with a Jewish rebellion armed and supported by secret organizations such as the Irgoun and the Stern gang. Palestine was virtually in a state of war with the British.

It was under these conditions that the Anglo-American Zionists published a threatening warning to the British Government by means of the Landman document. Addressing the British Government as if they were speaking to an equal, they said in effect:

"You forget that you did not give us Palestine as an unsolicited gift (Balfour Declaration). It was handed over as the result of a secret bargain concluded between ourselves. We have scrupulously observed our part in bringing America into the war on your side. We call on you to fulfil your obligations in turn. You are aware of our power in the United States: take care that you do not attract the hostility of Israel, otherwise you will come up against grave international difficulties."

frankly scarlet's picture

SuperRay....who's the dictator? Mr. Putin was elected by the vast majority of Russians in what on lookers describe as a fair election  and currently enjoys an 89% approval rating. The only dictators I see is the cabal of corporate bum boys elected to Washiungton. BTW the American Constitution was suspended and remains so from the time (9/11) that Cheney invoked the Continuity of Government Act until today, being renewed by the executive every six months. This allows the FISA court to replace SCOTUS not that it matters all that much except FISA operates out of public sight.

Shift For Brains's picture

BTW the American Constitution was suspended and remains so from the time (9/11) that Cheney invoked the Continuity of Government Act until today, being renewed by the executive every six months. goes back a lot farther than that. Sen. Frank Church's special committee on emergency powers put out a report in 1973 with a forward that said we had been living under emergency decree since 1933 and in fact were under four emergency powers at the time his senate committee reported it. From the report's Foreward:

"Since March 9, 1933, the United States has been in a state of declared national emergency. In fact, there are now in effect four presidentially-proclaimed states of national emergency: In addition to the national emergency declared by President Roosevelt in 1933, there are also the national emergency proclaimed by President Truman on December 16, 1950, during the Korean conflict, and the states of national emergency declared by President Nixon on March 23, 1970, and August 15, 1971.

These proclamations give force to 470 provisions of Federal law. These hundreds of statutes delegate to the President extraordinary powers, ordinarily exercised by the Congress, which affect the lives of American citizens in a host of all-encompassing manners. This vast range of powers, taken together, confer enough authority to rule the country without reference to normal Constitutional processes."

We have grown up under emergency powers...but they hate us for our freedom. Riiiiight...

All the best, Vlad. Kick 'em in the balls. Real Americans are cheering you on.


Mentaliusanything's picture

It's not only thinking Americans who are cheering, You forget their is a Real World population that far outnumbers the US who have been servants to the US military. For so long, having been treated as such, they cheer in low tones and plot for the Achilles tendon. If it breaks it will be over in days and the press, to save their souls will call out in fear and say .... Who could have seen this coming. Hang them anyway.

You reading me Langley, I warned you 40 years ago

Trogdor's picture

How sad is it when a bunch of freedom loving, independent-minded, hard working Americans who cling to the idea that the Constitution of the United States needs to be the basis of our Republic, including Gold and Silver as real money, have to thank a dictator for exposing the vast corruption of their own government?

Amen to that.  I was in nukes in the Air Force - if you'd told me at that time that I'd someday be cheering on a Russian, I'd have laughed at how batshit crazy you were talkin'..... sigh.  How insanely FAR our "leadership" has fallen (not that it's an accident) ....

Motasaurus's picture

ISIS has nothing on the Chechen insurgency, and Russia rolled them.

The only explanation for why ISIS even exists is what anyone who cared to look knew already: that the West had no interest in destroying them.

conscious being's picture

The Saudi, Langley and Mossad backed Chechen insurgency.

Motasaurus's picture

Yeah. That one. 

It was legitimitely nasty and right on Russia's doorstep too. But look at Chechnya now. It's prosperous and the Chechen muslims love the Kremlin. 

cnmcdee's picture

As soon as Assad was out they would of gave ISIS a little corner of Iraq in exchange for minding their own business and the pipeline construction would of started (with slave labor of course).  They did not anticipate this turn of events because once Iran squeezes them into a little box before Russia bombs them into oblivion their only option will be to learn the Torah..  Of course the other option is to head for Germany for selfies...

frankly scarlet's picture

The largest Mosque in Europe was just inaugurated in Moscow recently....beautiful building in the heart of Moscow.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) frankly scarlet Oct 4, 2015 5:41 AM

Russia is the new middle east manager.

Makes sense due to their location and our actions.

Beautiful Mosque.

Mentaliusanything's picture

Not for long and you still think Russians are stupid. They suffered for so long they never want it to happen again

hannah's picture

isis are not tough. they are a bunch of twisted fucks but they are not strong tough people. it is easy to kill someone that is knealling down before you tied up. isis will run home to mommie when the real shit hits....

BaBaBouy's picture

These deveolpments do seem to show the uSA never targeted iSIS, they were using them as a proxy to go after assad.

MIC having a bad time...

Paveway IV's picture

Here's proof of the absolute journalism FAIL:

Look at CNN's site. Try to find even one story about Russia cleaning house after the U.S. government's colossal ongoing war of terror failure in Syria.

Nothing? Yeah... I thought so. CNN losers. How about:

Uh... one single story about Obama vs. Clinton's (failed) Syrian strategy with a remark about Russia and 'quagmire'. 

Pleny of gays and guns stories on both sites, but nothing about a failed U.S.-sponsored genocidal coup that has killed 250,000 Syrians that Russia now has to fix.

Took Red Pill's picture

Let me get this straight,  while the Russians are decimating ISIS, the US is bombing hospitals and killing doctors in Afghanistan. Got it!

CheapBastard's picture

cnn self-styles itself as a "news" web site but it's 99% propaganda marketing. I learned that when watching the Tibet riots in China on cnn and they showed pictures of what they called were Chinese soldiers beating up Tibetans when in fact the pictures were of nepalese police beating demonstrators in Nepal!  cnn forgot to airbrush the Nepalese police emblems off their uniforms!


cnn and DW blamed the Chinese for attacking Tibetans for no reason when several Australian tourists there filmed the real events that showed Tibetans wilding thru streets beating to death innocent Han Chinese pedestrians.


I have no horse in that race but was aghast at these news agnecies' --cnn and DW -- outrageous lies. They both later apologized on page 54 of their web sites way in the back where few saw they had lied. Taught me they are both simply arms of the gubmint spin machine.


It's very hard to find facts these days despite the internet.

FEDbuster's picture

In World Trade Center One, if they follow the 9/11 script.

Peelingtheonion's picture



You can add National Propaganda the the list of untrustworthy news sources....they tow the government POV as well as anyone of the chosenite controlled MSM news outlets....

BarkingCat's picture

>>>>cnn and DW blamed the Chinese for attacking Tibetans for no reason when several Australian tourists there filmed the real events that showed Tibetans wilding thru streets beating to death innocent Han Chinese pedestrians.


Nothing innocent about them. These are invaders and Tibetans have every right to kill them,

Your other points might be valid, but the conclusion is utter bullshit.