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APRIL 2021

Russian Defense Ministry: 35,000 Terrorists Killed in Syria in 6 Months

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According to the Russian Defense Ministry, 35,000 terrorists have been killed in Syria from February 27 to September 1.

Russian Defense Ministry: 35,000 Terrorists Killed in Syria in 6 Months

Deputy Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov (Photo: Russian Defense Ministry)

Thirty-five thousand terrorists, including 2,700 natives of Russia and countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), have been killed in Syria, the Interfax news agency reported on October 7, citing Deputy Russian Defense Minister, Anatoly Antonov.

As the RIA Novosti news agency noted, all these terrorists were killed in the period from February 27 to September 1. The Russian official said that all in all, Russian military managed to liberate 586 settlements and 12,360 square kilometers of the country’s territory. Antonov also added that strikes on terrorist groups in Syria were a part of a plan, approved by Russia and the US on February 22.

The representative of the Russian Defense Ministry pointed out that aircraft of the US-led coalition carried out 6-15 airstrikes per day only on facilities of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group. “I think, any further comments are superfluous,” Antonov concluded.

The Russian Aerospace Forces launched its operation in Syria on September 30, 2015. The Russian combat air power supported ground operations of the Bashar al-Assad’s Army. Russian fighter jets and helicopters are based at the Hmeymim air base in the Syrian province of Latakia.

On March 15, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to withdraw the main part of the Russian group from Syria, since the task, assigned to the Defense Ministry, has been completed.

Earlier, the State Duma ratified an agreement between Russia and Syria on the termless deployment of a aviation group of the Russian Armed Forces on the Syrian territory.

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