WW4/Middle East Files: FSB/KGB confirms downing of Russian Metrojet airliner over Egypt result of on-board ISIS bomb, Putin responds with another punishing round of cruise missile strikes, 25 strategic bombers based out of Mozdok air base in N. Ossetia attack Islamic State positions in Syria’s Aleppo, Idlib provs., ISIS’ de facto capital of Raqqa; Nov. 17 sorties include 5 Tu-160 Blackjacks, 6 Tu-95MS Bears, 14 Tu-22M3 Backfires, Russian DM Shoigu says long-range bomber missions among 2,300 carried out by Russian warplanes over past 48 days, Moscow politely notifies Washington of missile strikes per newly drafted bilateral air safety protocol; Russian warships sailing in Med. Sea also launch missiles against ISIS targets, Putin drives wedge into NATO, instructs Russian Navy to treat France as ally, steps up mil, intel cooperation after Hollande phone call; France supports Russia’s assault on Raqqa, 10 Rafale, Mirage 2000 fighters drop 16 bombs; French DM Le Drian invokes EU’s mutual assistance clause for first time since 2009 Lisbon Treaty, mobilizes 115,000 personnel for domestic security following Nov. 13 terror attacks in Paris; Russia’s intervention in Syria showcasing military might, sending not-so-subtle message to NATO

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