Terrorists of the Islamic State (IS) group urgently flee to the Syrian city of Raqqa from Iraqi Mosul. The Russian Foreign Ministry has warned that Moscow will consider the situation around the operation in Mosul ‘in terms of the necessary measures’, if IS terrorists from Iraq come to Syria.
Islamic State (IS) terrorists urgently leave the Iraqi city of Mosul, heading to the Syrian city of Raqqa, a representative of Shia militias said.
Reports about terrorists, fleeing in Raqqa, have began to appear after the beginning of the military operation against members of the IS terrorist group in Mosul. According to some data, leader of the IS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, also can move to the Syrian city.
According to official representative of the Hashd al-Shaabi popular mobilization forces, Yusuf al-Kulyabi, IS terrorists have been leaving Mosul already during 48 past hours. A TV host of the Al Mayadeen television channel also noted that no safe haven for terrorists remained in the Iraqi city, as the ground operation to clean up Mosul has been started in the morning of October 17.
On Tuesday, the French Foreign Ministry called on the coalition forces to focus its efforts on liberation of Raqqa from IS terrorists. However, the previous airstrike of the US Air Force killed twenty civilians in suburbs of Raqqa.
Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow would consider the situation around the operation in Mosul in terms of the necessary measures, if IS terrorists from Iraq come to Syria.
“Of course, we are watching this operation because we all are interested in having to defeat the so-called Islamic State. The city is surrounded not completely, as far as I know. I do not know for what reason – I hope that they [US-led coalition] just could not [do this], but did not did not want,” the Interfax news agency quoted his words.
The Russian Minister stressed that the operation of taking Mosul is extremely difficult.
“As in the case of Aleppo, it [the operation] provides airstrikes, as well as actions of the ground forces,” Lavrov explained and noted that there are many various ground forces in Mosul. He also stressed that the fact that there is a rivalry between those, who would take Mosul, using their ground troops, is of considerable importance.
The Minister also added that 5,000 soldiers of the Special Forces, which are positioned by Washington as ‘military advisors,’ are currently there.
“In general, 5,000 advisors is not a few, of course,” Lavrov pointed out.