Russia has sent her ‘most ruthless’ and highly regarded special forces unit to Syria to track down and root out Islamic State (ISIS) militants.
Russian Spetsnaz troopers have got a reputation for being ruthless with terrorists during their missions in the North Caucasus. They have a hatred of Jihadists and have experience in fighting dirty wars with them in Chechnya.
Christian Today reports:
Russia’s feared Spetsnaz unit—the elite of the elite in Russia’s army whose members have to undergo a gruelling training programme to earn their stripes—plus a covert paratroop battalion have arrived in Syria and are preparing for an all-out assault on ISIS militants and rebels fighting the Assad government, including moderate units such as the western-backed Free Syrian Army, according to the Daily Express.
“[President Vladimir] Putin’s marines are there to guard the airbases they are using against sabotage by rebels,” a military source said.
“But Spetsnaz and air-assault troops are not there to provide security to static objects. They are extremely aggressive and highly trained. They are there to mop up after air strikes, call in air strikes, go on extremely covert missions against rebels and ultimately wipe them out,” the source added.
Spetsnaz are considered among the world’s most efficient killers. The fearsome group together with the 7th Air Assault Mountain Division fought dirty wars in Chenchnya where they built up a deep hatred of jihadists, said the Express.
They reportedly went on bloody revenge missions against local jihad units to punish for atrocities against Russian troops and civilians.
A source told The Daily Mirror that the units will ensure Russia consolidates its position in the Middle East and will not be as accountable as British or U.S. special forces.
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