A Russian Special Forces Officer who was working in Syria to combat ISIS has been killed. However, his death was not in vain. The officer managed to draw enemy fire onto himself, allowing him to pass on his own coordinates for a strike.
According to the AFP/Yahoo News:
“An officer of Russian special operations forces was killed near Palmyra while carrying out a special task to direct Russian airstrikes at Islamic State group targets,” the unnamed representative said, without giving the date of the incident.
“The officer was carrying out a combat task in area for a week, identifying crucial IS targets and passing exact coordinates for strikes with Russian planes,” he said.
“The officer died as a hero, he drew fire onto himself after being located and surrounded by terrorists,” he said.
The news comes at the same time it has been announced that Syrian ground forces have retaken the ancient key city of Palmyra from the Islamic State.
h/t Grunt Style