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16 Elite Russian Soldiers Fought a Swarm of 300 Syrian Jihadists

...and then they received well-deserved decorations


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Russian TV asked special forces operators who were decorated for their conduct in a firefight in Aleppo, Syria if they could recount the story of how they won their medals. They insist it was all fairly routine and no big deal:

As al-Nusra counter-attacked and Syrian soldiers withdrew in confusion, 16 Russian special forces guys fought up to 300 Nusra fighters, destroyed one suicide car bomb, a tank and an armored personnel carrier. As night fell they used the dark to mine the approaches to their positions which was a big surprise for the Nusra fighters when they attacked for the last time the next morning.

Two other things we learn:

  • A firefight is only scary for the first few minutes, then it becomes "routine".
  • In the Russian military parlance a SVBIED (suicide car bomb) is known as "shaheed-mobil".

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