Syrian War Report – August 23, 2018: 86,000 Militants Eliminated During Russian Operation In Syria

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On August 22, the Russian Defense Ministry released a video providing some additional numbers on the current results of its military operation in Syria. According to the video, the Russian military has destroyed 121,466 terrorist objects and eliminated over 86,000 terrorists, including 830 commanders since the start of its anti-terrorist campaign in the country.

According to the report, 63,012 Russian servicemen, including 434 generals and 25,738 officers have gained combat experience during the conflict in Syria.

US National Security Advisor John Bolton claimed during his visit to Israel that the Russians are “stuck” in Syria and this is why the US has an upper hand in any negotiations in the conflict. Bolton claimed that Moscow is now “looking for others to fund post-war reconstruction” of the country describing this as “an opportunity for Washington to press for Iranian forces to quit”.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov reacted to these comments by saying that “All foreign forces staying there without an invitation from the Syrian government must be eventually withdrawn”. Earlier, Iranian and Syrian officials repeatedly announced that Iranian forces will withdraw from the war-torn country only by an official request from Damascus, which is not expected anytime soon.

Meanwhile, the military situation is slowly developing in the Idlib de-escalation zone. Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) and several other armed groups have built new fortifications and reinforced their positions between southwestern Aleppo and northern Hama. They have also carried a series of hit and run attacks on government positions in northern Latakia. However, no major clashes have been reported.

Considering constant efforts by these armed groups to sabotage any kind of peaceful negotiations with Damascus, the military option is currently remaining one of the most useful measures to re-establish peace and stability in the area.

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  • frankly

    “All foreign forces staying there without an invitation from the Syrian government must be eventually withdrawn.”

    Well that seems simple enough. At some point a domestic insurrection in the US will probably see many of their more experienced special forces called home to kill their family members. Certain tasks only true psychopaths can perform.

    • Icarus Tanović

      Even they’re fucked for life. Only cooks are spared feom comabt experiences.

  • Lupus

    Great. Russia made the world better place by cleaning up some USA made mess

    • Icarus Tanović

      Some USA made in maggots.

  • leon mc pilibin

    MAGA,by REGIME CHANGE.

    • Ivan Freely

      MIGA; not MAGA.

      • Icarus Tanović

        What is that?

        • Ivan Freely

          Seriously? I = Israel

          • Icarus Tanović

            I mean Miga thing, what’s that?

          • Ivan Freely

            MIGA = Make Israel Great Again. Replace the A in MAGA to I.

  • Ivan Freely

    There’s plenty more of where those “moderate rebels” came from.

  • purplelibraryguy

    I’m not a big fan of body counts. They’re kind of meaningless. In Syria, 86,000 terrorists dead is associated with the terrorists losing most of their territory, with no serious insurgency left behind–because the government enjoys broad legitimacy, even most of the people who don’t like the government much prefer peace to war and the government to the, often foreign, head-choppers. In Vietnam, 86,000 “terrorists” dead would be insignificant because the local puppet government and their American overlords had no legitimacy, the people were united against both, and more slaughter was not going to change that fact.
    So a given body count means zilch; it’s about the conditions and popular support or opposition.

    • Rex drabble

      Garbage.86000 is a major defeat for the USA and its cronies.
      You are full of it.