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Video shows Russian air strikes hitting 'Isis oil refinery' in Syria

Russia 'developing proposals for joint military action with French Navy'

The Russian Ministry of Defence has released footage that shows several sections of a large oil refinery, controlled by Isis in Syria, bursting into flames.

The hit forms part of Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to intensify air strikes against Isis following reports the Metrojet airliner was brought down by a bomb.

After the recent Paris attacks, French President Francois Hollande and Mr Putin have reportedly agreed to combine their efforts in the region.

Video was also released of Russian air strikes hitting a column of oil tankers in the Syrian desert, which they also claimed belonged to Isis.

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Colonel General Andrei Kartapolov announced that "in total 127 sorties were made" against "206 terrorist targets," including the "so-called pipeline on wheels."

He said: "In recent years, Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and other extremist groups have organised the operations of the so-called ‘pipeline on wheels’ on the territories they control.

"In just the first few days, our aviation has destroyed 500 fuel tanker trucks, which greatly reduced illegal oil export capabilities of the militants and, accordingly, their income from oil smuggling."

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Kartapolov said Russia is developing proposals for joint military action with the French Navy.

"This joint work will begin after the arrival of aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle to the Syrian shores."

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