Russian General Staff: Hayat Tahrir al-Sham Will Be Eliminated In 2018

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Russian General Staff: Hayat Tahrir al-Sham Will Be Eliminated In 2018

FILE IMAGE: Russian Special Operations Forces troops in Syria

On December 27, the chief of the Russian General Staff, Army Gen. Valery Gerasimov announced plants to eliminate the remaining members of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) in 2018.

“Some members of this terrorist organization operate in de-escalation zones,” Gerasimov said in an interview with the Komsomolskaya Pravda daily. “Jabhat al-Nusra fiercely opposes [the ceasefire]. Therefore, they must be eliminated.”

According to Gen. Gerasimov, the next year’s developments will include the eilimination of the terrorist group.

“I think that they will be done with after a while,” he said.

He added that political settlement in the country, including preparations for the upcoming Congress of the Syrian National Dialogue, are among other important tasks for the next year.

On the same day, the Syrian Tiger Forces launched an attack on position of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) in southern Idlib and liberated Aswad Hill, Mazraat Qahirah, Ras al-Ain, Qubaybat Abu al-Huda and the Abandoned Air Defense Base.

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  • Nigel Maund

    Good luck to Russia and Syria in the total and utter elimination of these swine. If it was up to me there would be no prisoners taken as these extremists will come back again and again if given the chance to do so. Russia’s generalship has so far been superb.

    • World_Eye

      That is not the problem mate, that Al Qaeda group will fall in just month or two if not supplied with weaponry via the CIA. No weapons no help they will start to fail drastically.

    • christianblood

      You are exactly right! The murderous jihadistic satanists and their EVIL (U$) allies must eliminated! Complete victory for the righteous SAA and allies in 2018!

  • electron

    Silly statement… They can change their name, or simply merge into Ahrar…

    • World_Eye

      Hah you are you , you can change your name 100 times but you will still be you and you will still have you same manirs

    • Toni Liu

      Shit just shit you cant turn shit to the gold, what ever name they choose they just stink shit that need to be cleaned

    • zman

      Dude, that only works with the US/Israel. That shit don’t fly with those that have half a brain. Russia and Syria have continued to eliminate them, no matter what name they or the US call them.