MOSCOW, October 16. The defense Ministry has no information about the presence of militants of the terrorist organization “Islamic state” of man-portable air defense systems /MANPADS/ while this weapon is not used. About this informed the head of the main operations Directorate of the Russian General staff Colonel – General Andrey Kartapolov.
“We have information regarding the MANPADS, but have not seen their practical application. The emergence of such weaponry the rebels now may indicate someone’s unreasonable approach to the solution of this issue”, – he told in interview to the newspaper “Komsomolskaya Pravda”.
Answering the question, does he mean the potential supply to militants of the American MANPADS “stinger” Kartapolov said, “Maybe.”
The whole complex of means of intelligence
Russia has deployed in Syria, practically the entire complex means of exploration, except for the military, said Kartapolov.
“We have deployed and continually operates the whole complex means of exploration. So for us, virtually no secrets on this subject,” said he, answering the question of how the Russian military will receive information about the location of militants “Islamic state”.
According to the General, the whole complex of forces and means of intelligence involved in permanent mode. “Except for military intelligence, because we are there, on the spot, military reconnaissance is not conducted. Because our units land there,” – said Kartapolov.
American intelligence could not see the transfer of Russian equipment, aircraft and other weapons to Syria, said Andrei Kartapolov.
“We used a number of different methods of technical, informational and tactical. The result you know. If indeed “seen”, it is unlikely to be President Barack) Obama was silent…” – said Kartapolov.
He also stated that “the United States did not understand the essence of our work and had no idea what it is directed”.
“I wouldn’t want to offend our American colleagues. What were they thinking, let it remain with them,” the General added.
About the U.S. position
According to Kartapolov, the United States felt humiliating for him to admit that without Russia they cannot defeat “the Islamic state”.
“They have a number of reasons why they don’t want to do (to cooperate with Russia – ed.). They believe it is humiliating to admit that without Russia they cannot solve their problem, declared a year ago,” said Kartapolov.
In addition, the U.S. is not prepared to interact with the head of Syria Bashar al-Assad, because “recent years have demonized” him, says the General.
“And. They are actually unlikely to possess the necessary amount of information about the objects ISIL (former name “Islamic state” – approx.), what, in fact, the results of their strikes. About the real objects of the militants they have a vague idea what, probably, they was ashamed to confess,” – said Kartapolov.
However, he stressed that Russia is open to cooperation with the USA on the Syrian issue.
The number of militants IG in Syria
The number of militants “Islamic state” in Syria could reach 50 thousand people, reported Andrey Kartapolov.
“According to various estimates, from 30 to 80 thousand. Because, as usual, the truth is somewhere in the middle, let’s talk about 40-50 thousand”, – he told in interview to the newspaper “Komsomolskaya Pravda”.
Attacks on targets of militants
Russian air force strikes on the objects is prohibited in the Russian Federation “Islamic state” since September 30. The structure of the group of Air and space forces in Syria included more than 50 aircraft and helicopters. To participate in a ground operation in the territory of the country Russia has no plans.
“Islamic state” (ISIS) – an Islamist terrorist organization operating inside Iraq and Syria. Established on 15 October 2006 by the merger of 11 radical Sunni groups. The core group forming the militants, who fought with American troops during their stay in Iraq and with the forces of the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
The IG recognized as a terrorist organization in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Turkey, Egypt, UAE, India, Indonesia, and Russia (29 December 2014).