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Russia's Year-Long Campaign Has Freed Large Part of Syria From Terrorists

Sputnik News

10:49 06.10.2016(updated 12:54 06.10.2016)

The Russian Aerospace Forces' operation has freed a large part of Syria from terrorists and stabilized the situation in the Arab state, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday.

"Our Armed Forces have been carrying out combat missions in the Syrian Arab republic for a year. Over this period, we managed to stabilize the situation in the country, liberated a major area from international terrorists, launch the Russian center for reconciliation of opposing sides," Shoigu said.

The minister reiterated that "during the operation the Aerospace Forces conducted airstrikes on militant groups and their infrastructure, delivered humanitarian cargo to Syrian citizens and carried out other important tasks".

The minister noted the value of Russian weapons displaying reliability and efficiency in desert terrain, pointing to high-precision long-range weapons on ships and submarines in the Caspian Sea and the Mediterranean, as well as the use of new air-launched missiles by strategic aircraft.

"A lot of modern Russian weapons have proved their effectiveness in the difficult conditions of desert," he added at a conference on weapons improvement based on experience in Syria.

"It is important that the development of new weapon systems and the operation of existing equipment takes into account the Syrian experience," he stressed.

Moscow has been conducting an aerial campaign against terrorists in Syria since September 30, 2015, at President Bashar Assad's request. The Russian side has also helped negotiate ceasefire deals in the war-hit country.


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