Vladimir Putin said Russia will intensify its air strikes on Islamist militants in Syria and launch a global manhunt after the Kremlin concluded that terrorists had placed a bomb on a Russian passenger jet which broke up over Egypt last month.
We will find them anywhere on the planet and punish them
~ President Putin
Until now, Russia had played down assertions from Western countries that the crash, in which 224 people were killed on Oct. 31, was the work of terrorists, saying it was important to let the official investigation run its course.
Reuters are reporting that the Russian military has already launched heavy ordinance airstrikes against the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa in Syria which include cruise missiles from their ships in the Mediterranean Sea.
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