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Russia airstrikes kill 120 Daesh terrorists fleeing Raqqa: Source

Iran Press TV

Sat May 27, 2017 9:55AM

Russian airstrikes have killed as many as 120 Daesh terrorists who were trying to flee the Takfiri outfit's last stronghold of Raqqah in northern Syria for the ancient city of Palmyra in the central part of the Arab country, a Russian Defense Ministry source says.

On Saturday, Russia's Sputnik news agency cited a source with the country's Defense Ministry as saying that the development had taken place two days earlier.

"As a result of these strikes, 32 pick-up trucks were destroyed and some 120 terrorists were killed," the source said.

Daesh seized Raqqah in 2014, the same year when it started its campaign of terror in Syria. It then proceeded to capture large swathes of Syrian territory.

Russia has been lending aerial support to the Syrian counterterrorism operations since last September. The combined push is also being reinforced by Lebanese resistance fighters and Iranian military advisors.

The terrorists' turf has now dwindled to just Raqqah.

The Russian source said the Russian military had received reports that the terrorists had entered a deal with the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which has been fighting the Damascus government since 2011. In line with the agreement, the SDF would allow the Daesh terrorists leave the city, in spite of the concerted international endeavor aimed at limiting their presence to the city.

"Upon receiving this information, the command of the Russian contingent in Syria has taken measures to prevent the exodus of Daesh terrorists in the southern direction," the source said. "Any attempts by Daesh militants to move toward Palmyra and to build up their forces there will be squashed."

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