Russian Special Forces have been advising and assisting the Syrian Army troops in the battle against Islamic State terrorists in Badiyeh desert in Central Syria. Reports coming out of Russian newspapers have the Russian special operations forces taking an active role in combat in their quest to back the government of President Assad.

The Russian SOF are taking a page out of the coalition SOF book and are conducting tactical reconnaissance, forward air control, light fire support (snipers, anti-tank guided missile teams and mortar detachments) and operational advisory.

A Tabloid newspaper disclosed in mid-March that Russia’s special military units took part in the liberation operation of the ancient city of Palmyra (Tadmur) alongside the Syrian army.

The Russian newspaper, Komsomolskaya Pravda, published pictures of Russian special forces in Palmyra city, writing that the Russian army’s special forces are skilled snipers who killed a large number of the ISIL commanders so far.