The ongoing operation against ISIL and al-Nusra Front in Syria will continue until the terrorists are completely eliminated, the Russian General Staff said on Wednesday.
“The operation to destroy ISIL and al-Nusra Front terrorists in Syria will continue as long as it takes to eliminate them completely,” Main Operational Directorate of the Russian General Staff chief Col. Gen. Sergey Rudskoy said.
Russia’s operation against terrorists in Syria began on September 30, 2015, at the request of President Bashar Assad.
On Tuesday, the Syrian Army, backed by the Russian Aerospace Forces, managed to break the three-year ISIL siege of the city of Deir Ezzor. In a telephone conversation with Deir Ezzor defense commanders, Assad congratulated the city’s defenders.
The Russian Defense Ministry highlighted that ISIL’s defeat near Deir ez-Zor will become a strategic loss to the terrorists in Syria.