The forecaster for Rossiya 24 said, "Experts say the timing for [the airstrikes] was chosen very well in terms of weather."
She elaborates, according to a translation published by the Guardian newspaper:
"In these meteorological conditions, planes can dive below the clouds and conduct effective strikes on ground targets, and only climb higher if there’s active anti-aircraft fire,” she said in front of a graphic depicting a Sukhoi Su-24 strike aircraft dropping bombs on an enemy tank from the “optimal height for targeting and bombing”; 3km to 5km off the ground.
This is not the first time the network has discussed the forecast in the context of military entanglements abroad. Earlier this year, it plotted the weather above parts of eastern Ukraine, where Russian-backed separatists were locked in pitched battles.
On a Facebook thread that featured some of the images, commenters who were apparently Syrian government troops sounded envious, according to Syria:Direct, a news portal.
"Oh I remember my days in the service — if I told you what was going on in our kitchens, you’d be so grossed out you wouldn’t eat for days," one commenter said.
"That’s how an army that wants to win treats its men, not like ours, corrupt to the bone and starving to death," another commented.
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