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Russian GenStaff to US: Terrorists Must Not Be Driven from Place to Place, but Be Eliminated

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The US-led coalition must realize consequences of fleeing of terrorists from Mosul, the head of the Russian General Staff said.

Russian GenStaff to US: Terrorists Must Not Be Driven from Place to Place, but Be Eliminated

Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, General Valery Gerasimov (Photo: RIA Novosti / Vitaliy Belousov)

Russia hopes that the international coalition is aware of consequences of fleeing of terrorists of the Islamic State (IS) group from the Iraqi city of Mosul. Terrorists must be eliminated at the place, but not be driven away, Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, General Valery Gerasimov, said.

“We hope that our partners in the international coalition realize, what will be the consequence of large armed gangs of the IS, freely wandering in the Middle East. For this reason, it is necessary not to drive terrorists from one country to another one, but to eliminate them at the place,” the RIA Novosti news agency quoted the words of Gerasimov, commenting possible fleeing of terrorists from Mosul.

At the same time, the Head of the Russian General Staff noted that the US has not yet made a single practical step to combat international terrorism in Syria.

He said that the land environment and the landscape in the area of the Iraq-Syrian border “allow the coalition forces to prove in practice its commitment to the fight against the international terrorism [the operation in Mosul]. In contradistinction to Syria and, in particular, to Aleppo, where until today American partners have not done a single practical step in this direction.”

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