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If there’s one thing we’ve learned through the years in our engagement with Russia, whether as allies in the 1040’s against Nazi aggression, or as adversaries during the “cold war” in the 1960’s, the Russian’s are a tough and respected friend or foe, and can never be underestimated for their tenacity against all odds.

And how the “Russian Bear” is performing against ISIS in Syria is a credit to their military and those brave men fighting against a barbaric enemy.

And now a Russian soldier is being hailed a hero and will be given Russia’s highest military award “The Hero of Russia Award.”

The soldier, 25-year-old Alexander Prokhorenko was surrounded by ISIS militants in Syria. Out of ammo, and with help still minutes away, he called in an air-strike, on himself.

The special forces officer was on a one-man mission to track down ISIS militants in the area around Palmyra, when he found himself surrounded by enemy fighters.

The Russian campaign began on September 30, but few details of the soldiers on the ground have emerged since.
ISIS media claimed last week that five Russian special forces officers had been killed near Palmyra, sharing images and videos of a body.

But Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied at the time that Russian officers were participating in the advance on Palmyra, which has been under ISIS control since May 2015.

h/t: Allen B West

 

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