Russia Asks Anti-ISIL Coalition to Share Intelligence
22:38 06.10.2015(updated 23:34 06.10.2015)
The Russian Defense Ministry asked military attaches of the anti-ISIL coalition member-countries to share their intelligence on Islamic State militant positions in Syria.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday it had asked military attaches of the anti-ISIL coalition member-countries to share their intelligence on Islamic State militant positions in Syria with Moscow.
'Our data on ISIL deployment areas in Syria is thoroughly analyzed and very precise. But if the defense ministries of the anti-ISIL coalition countries have additional intelligence on terrorists, we ask them to share it with us,' the ministry's press service cited Col. Gen. Andrei Kartapolov, Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces.
'We will certainly take this information into consideration while planning combat missions of our air group in Syria,' Kartapolov said.
Russia's Sukhoi Su-25, Su-24M and Su-34 attack aircraft, with the support of Su-30 jets, commenced precision airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria on September 30, following a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad.
According to the Russian Defense Ministry, its airstrikes have already done considerable damage to ISIL's command and logistics networks, as well as to the infrastructure needed to equip suicide bombers.
The US-led international coalition against ISIL has conducted more than 6,500 airstrikes in Iraq since August 2014, and in Syria since September 2014, without the approval of the UN Security Council or the Syrian government.
Earlier in the day, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said that Moscow was ready to use information obtained by the US-led coalition to fight the Islamic State, and called on coalition members to exchange reconnaissance on the militant group.
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