first published on May 30, 2017 by Will
A massive convoy of Islamic State fighters fleeing besieged Raqqa on the highway toward Palmyra are observed, then brutally destroyed by the Russian Air Force in central Syria. The Russians initiate with precision airstrikes from bombers and fighter jets and then a cleanup crew of attack helicopters arrives and continues the ravaging with guided missiles.
The Western-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have commenced the operation to liberate Raqqa-actual from ISIS and are already taking ground. Sensing the inevitability of their defeat by a much better fighting force, ISIS is attempting to retreat south to Russian-held Palmyra and southeast down the Euphrates to Deir ez-Zor, the largest city in eastern Syria, in which the Islamic State still has a significant foothold.