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Russian Airstrikes in Syria Help 'Iraqi Military in Fight Against Daesh'

Sputnik News

20:07 08.02.2016(updated 21:46 08.02.2016)

The actions of the Russian Air Forces in Syria are effective and have a positive impact on the fight against Daesh in Iraq, Joint Commander of the Iraqi Armed Forces Yahya Rasool Abdullah told Sputnik.

The Syrian army with the aid of the Russian air force has managed to destroy the main stronghold of the terrorists in the province of Latakia in Salma city situated on the border with Turkey and in the town of Sheikh Miskin and Osman in the south.

A four year blockade was lifted in the province of Aleppo where two Shiite cities of Noubel and az-Zahra were freed on Thursday. The offensive is under way in the suburbs of Damascus as well.

"Russian strikes are playing an effective role in the destruction of terrorist groups in Syria, and we know how many terrorists come out of Raqqa, the so-called Daesh capital of Syria. Attacks on critical command centers have reflected positively on the military operations in Iraq as well," the commander said.

Rasul also mentioned the positive support from the international coalition led by the US in spying and investigating, as well as support provided from a joint information center of Iraq, Syria, Iran and Russia situated in Baghdad.

Commenting on the possibility of expanding cooperation with the Russian Federation, representatives of the Armed Forces said that Iraq is open to support from all of the interested parties.

"We have a lot of contracts for the supply of arms and equipment with Russia. We need support of all in the fight against terrorism because Iraq represents the whole world in fight with them," Rasool said.

On September 30, Russia at the request of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria began target airstrikes on the Daesh and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organizations. With the support of the Russian aviation, government troops and patriotic opposition forces launched an offensive attack on terrorist positions.

Just in the last 1.5 months, according to the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces in Syria more than 150 settlements have been freed from terror.


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