The Russian Armed forces have fulfilled their objective of destroying the military forces of the ISIL terrorist group in Syria, the head of the Russian General Staff Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi said on Thursday.
“The task of destroying the ISIL militia in Syria by the Russian Armed Forces has been accomplished,” Rudskoi said, speaking at a press briefing.
Over 550 militants, six tanks and 14 terror-mobiles were destroyed in Syria while storming the terrorist group’s last strongholds, Rudskoi added.
The senior officer emphasized that to date, not a single settlement or district remains under the terrorist group’s control in the country. However, small pockets of militant resistance may continue to be found, subject to destruction by Syrian government forces, he added. The last major concentrations of ISIL militants were defended by heavily-armed terrorists as well as mercenaries.
Now that terrorist group has been eliminated from Syria, Russian troops will concentrate their efforts on restoring peaceful life in the country and observing the parties’ ceasefire, Rudskoi said.