According to experts, the death of the Syrian IS leader, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, will provide the Syrian Army an opportunity to launch a large-scale offensive on Aleppo.
A group of Islamic State (IS) terrorists were destroyed by a Russian airstrike in the Syrian province of Aleppo. IS spokesman and its leader in Syria, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, was among killed militants. The killing of such a person will leave its mark on ordinary terrorists, a military expert Andrei Koshkin told to the FAN news agency.
The airstrike was carried out by the Su-34 Russian fighter-bomber near the settlement of Maarat Umm-Haush in Aleppo province. The shell hit the center of a large gathering of terrorists and killed about 40 people. The Russian Defense Ministry confirmed the death of Abu Mohammed al-Adnani.
“What’s the most fun, Americans want to lay their hands on this merit. They even have said that international coalition’s aircraft made away with the second largest terrorist in the Islamic State group,” Koshkin said. He also noted that the fact that the US tries to usurp the success and achievement of Russian pilots indicates that the killed person was is a really important one in the terrorist world. “Therefore, we can say that the military operation to eliminate the Islamic State radical terrorist organization is very effective,” Koshkin stressed.
Abu Mohammed al-Adnani was considered the second person after the main IS terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He became famous for his calls for mass terrorist attacks in several countries in Europe and the US. Some military experts believe that his death could have a significant effect on ordinary terrorists because they would understand that ‘no one is immune from retaliation of the Russian Aerospace Forces.’
“Can the death of Abu Mohammed al-Adnani lead to a radical change in the Syrian conflict? If to analyze the forms, methods and means of countering the terrorists, as well as their methods and tactics of fighting against the army of Bashar al-Assad, we can make quite a logical conclusion that, to some extent, the death of the second largest terrorist will greatly undermine the morale of other fighters. However, we cannot talk about radical changes in the situation – nobody will throw weapons and flee in terror from the battlefield, but the terrorists will have much less fervor. And at this point, the Syrian army will need to launch a large-scale attack,” the expert concluded.