Vladimir Putin har noen gode kanaler til vestlig presse. Daily Express hevder at Putin er ved å kalle inn 150.000 reservesoldater som vil bli satt inn mot IS. Målet er å ta Raqqa.
An insider revealed: «It is very clear that Russia wants to sweep up the west of the country, taking Raqqa and all the oil and gas resources around Palmyra.
«This is fast becoming a race to Raqqa – to secure the oil fields they need to cleanse the region of insurgents, and the IS capital is vital to do that.»
It comes a day after Russian jets obliterated nine ISIS outposts in just 24 hours using bunker-busting bombs.