About 90% of Syrian Territory Free From Terrorists – CIS Anti-Terror Center
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According to the CIS Anti-Terrorism Center, 90 percent of Syria’s territory has been liberated from terrorist groups.
KRASNODAR (Sputnik) – Around 90 percent of Syria’s territory has been liberated from terrorist groups, Andrey Novikov, the head of the Commonwealth of Independent States Anti-Terrorism Center, told Sputnik.
“According to the estimates of the military, 90 percent of Syria’s territory has been freed of terrorist groups, which is a very positive result,” Novikov said.
In early September, the Syrian government troops, backed by Russian airstrikes, broke a three-year Daesh blockade to the west and south of Deir ez-Zor. On Monday, the Syrian Army crossed the Euphrates River with the support of the Russian Aerospace Forces near Deir ez-Zor, dislodging militants from a number of settlements, and are currently developing an offensive eastward.
Militants of the Daesh terrorist group (banned in Russia), suffering losses in Syria are relocating to Pakistan, Andrey Novikov added.
“Relocation of significant Daesh forces from Syria to Iraq to the territory of Waziristan (Pakistan) with further redistribution observed since the fall of 2016. In other words, resolution of military and political tasks in Syria lowers the number of armed radical individuals physically on one hand, but on the other it forces ISIL to not only change their tactics but also the geography of upcoming activities,” Novikov said.
Russia continues its fight against terrorists in Syria which began on September 30, 2015, at the request of President Bashar Assad.