Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the deployment of Russia's most efficient and brutal military unit - Spetsnaz - in Syria to wipe out the Islamic State (Isis) terrorists.
According to Express.co.uk, the Putin government has dispatched its elite special forces to the war-torn region, where the country is leading a major air campaign.
Listed among the top 10 well-trained special forces on earth, the Spetsnaz are one of the best special forces in the world. The gruelling training the members undergo "would be illegal in the US or other Western nations."
According to the report, deployment of the world's most efficient killers would turn the tides for Syria as many of the elite squad members bear deep hatred for the jihadis, largely due to the atrocities committed against the Russians by Islamist Chechens during the civil war.
A military source told the Mirror that the Russian special forces "are there to mop up after air strikes, call in air strikes, go on extremely covert missions against rebels and ultimately wipe them out."
"They are extremely aggressive and highly trained," the source said. "And they will not be as accountable as British or US special forces. They are there for one reason, to wipe out anyone threatening Assad. By any means. And by doing that they will be consolidating Russia's position on the Mediterranean and in the Middle East," he added.
According to The New York Times, even as President Vladimir Putin has maintained there won't be any Russian ground involvement, more than 600 Russian military personnel were already on the ground in Syria.
The NYT report citing American military officials noted that tents for more than 2,000 people had been seen at Russia's air base near Latakia, in northwest Syria near the Turkish border.