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Watch: Vladimir Putin has brought a terrifying weapon with him into Syria

The ‘Blazing Sun’ flamethrower missile is reportedly being deployed against Isis militants in the west of the country.

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FOOTAGE HAS EMERGED of a tremendously powerful missile currently being deployed by Russian troops in Syria.

The Syrian army has released the footage which shows so-called ‘blazing sun’ flamethrower missiles being fired in quick succession.

The footage depicts the missile being fired at the hills on the outskirts of Latakia, Syria’s main port on the mediterranean and central to the Russian military campaign against Islamic State in the war-torn country.

The weapon, also known as the TOS-1A, is apparently very suited to mountainous regions and confined spaces.

Footage of the weapon has been released as reports suggest that Russia has carried out strikes in the south of Syria for the first time.

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The latest Russian strikes appear to have been carried out in Daraa province in the southern part of the country.

Islamic State currently have no foothold in the south of Syria suggesting that the strikes are more directed at the various rebel factions fighting against the state forces of ruler Bashar al-Assad.

“Warplanes that are believed to be Russian carried out strikes on the Hara, Tal Antar, Kafr Nasaj and Aqraba areas of northern Daraa,” last night, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor.

The Britain-based monitor had no immediate details on casualties or damage relating to the strikes.

The area targeted is controlled by an array of opposition groups including moderate and Islamist rebels and the Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front.

Russia’s air campaign in Syria began on 30 September.

The southern province, which borders Jordan, is largely under opposition control, though the regime holds the provincial capital.

With AFP

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