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Russia hits IS stronghold Raqa with air strikes

Russian Defence Ministry footage purports to show airstrikes carried out by the Russian air force on an explosives warehouse in Raqqa last monthRussia struck the Islamic State stronghold of Raqa in Syria Tuesday with a “significant number” of strikes that may have included long-range bombers and sea-launched cruise missiles, a US defense official said. There was no immediate confirmation from Moscow, but Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier vowed vengeance as Moscow confirmed a bomb brought down a Russian passenger jet over Egypt last month, killing all 224 people aboard. “We are aware that over the past several hours Russia conducted a significant number of strikes in Raqa, some of which may have included sea-launched cruise missiles and long-range bombers,” said the official, who made the remarks on condition of anonymity.

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