End of ISIS? Putin sends in his most ruthless special forces killers to finish off jihadis

VLADIMIR Putin has dispatched his most elite special forces team to Syria to hunt down and wipe out Islamic State (ISIS) militants.

By NICK GUTTERIDGE

Spetsnaz troops, left, and ISIS militants, right

GETTY/IG, Spetsnaz troops, left, and ISIS militants, right

The Russian supremo ordered the deployment of soldiers from his fearsome Spetsnaz unit to root out and eliminate packs of fleeing jihadis.

A battalion of elite paratroopers also ghosted into the war-torn country this week as Putin ramps up his assault on the Islamist fanatics and rebel forces fighting to topple dictator Bashar al-Assad.

The deployment of the Spetsnaz – the elite of the elite in Russia’s army who have to undergo a gruelling training programme to earn their stripes – is the latest example of the megalomaniac leader’s ruthless determination to shore up the rule of his close ally.

It is especially significant because many of the men have a deep hatred of jihadis from their time fighting in Chechnya’s bloody civil war, when Islamist fanatics battling for independence carried out frequent atrocities against Russian citizens.

A Spetsnaz soldier in a 'Ghillie' suit in the forest

YouTube/RussiasNumber1, A Spetsnaz soldier in a ‘Ghillie’ suit in the forest

Vladimir Putin his dispatched his most feared troops to Syria

Three Spetsnaz soldiers in uniform

YouTube/RussiasNumber1, Three Spetsnaz soldiers in uniform

The Spetsnaz are Russia’s most elite killers

Amongst the world’s most efficient killers, they will now be tasked with mercilessly hunting down and slaying ISIS fighters and are also expected to play a role rooting out terrorist strongholds to be targeted by Russian bombers.

The move comes after it emerged that Putin is set to send 150,000 troops to Syria to wipe out the evil hate group once and for all.

His jets have waged a merciless bombing campaign against the jihadis in recent weeks, blitzing more than 50 facilities including a key command centre and a suicide belt factory.

They are a extremely aggressive and highly trained

Military source

A military source told the Mirror: “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.

Bombs dropped by a Russian warplane during an airstrike against a large concentration of terrorist Islamic State (ISIS or IS) military equipment in the forest area near the city of Idlib, Syria

Bombs dropped by a Russian warplane during an airstrike against a large concentration of terrorist Islamic State (ISIS or IS) military equipment in the forest area near the city of Idlib, Syria [EPA]

“And they will not be as accountable as British or US special forces. They are there for one reason, to wipe out anyone threatening Assad. By any means. And by doing that they will be consolidating Russia’s position on the Med and in the Middle East.”

Troopers from the Spetsnaz unit

YouTube/RussiasNumber1, Troopers from the Spetsnaz unit

The elite troopers will be tasked with taking out opponents of Bashar al-Assad

A Spetsnaz soldier takes cover behind a van during a training exercise

YouTube/RussiasNumber1, A Spetsnaz soldier takes cover behind a van during a training exercise

Vladimir Putin is stepping up his campaign against ISIS in Syria

Vladimir Putin meets troops from the Spetsnaz unit

YouTube/RussiasNumber1, Vladimir Putin meets troops from the Spetsnaz unit

Putin has vowed to wipe out ISIS in Syria. It is believed that ISIS has already suffered crushing losses due to airstrikes and defections, with a leading terror expert telling Express.co.uk that they are now so weakened they could be defeated in a matter of hours.  Putin began his aerial assault in Syria last week, with Russia launching dozens of airstrikes against ISIS and “other terrorist groups”.

A Russian fighter pilot climbs down from his jet in Syria

A Russian fighter pilot climbs down from his jet in Syria

Russia has been pounding ISIS outposts in Syria

Technicians attach a bomb to a Russian jet plane

Technicians attach a bomb to a Russian jet plane

Putin’s bombers have waged a merciless campaign against the jihadis

Drone footage of a Russian airstrike on ISIS

Russian bombers have obliterated a command centre and a suicide belt factory

However, Western leaders have reacted furiously to the intervention after intelligence suggested that hardly any of the raids have been targeted against ISIS.

Putin is keen to shore up the rule of brutal dictator al-Assad, a long time ally whose power is threatened by rebel pro-democracy groups including the Free Syrian Army.

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