The General staff of the Russian armed forces: desertions among militants IG in Syria becomes massive

MOSCOW, October 16. The desertion of militants “Islamic state” in Syria becomes widespread, most of the gangs demoralized, among the militants is growing dissatisfaction with the command, said today the head of the main operations Directorate of the General staff of the Armed forces of the Russian Federation Andrey Kartapolov.

“Most of the gangs demoralized. Among the militants is growing dissatisfaction with the warlords, there are cases of disobedience to them. The desertion of isolated cases becomes widespread,” said Kartapolov at a briefing for military attachés and journalists.

The situation in Syria has changed considerably over the last week, primarily because of Russian air strikes, said Kartapolov.

“In the last week (in the Syrian Arab Republic) the situation has undergone a fairly significant change. First of all, it is connected with the impact of the Russian aviation group on facilities of the terrorist organization ISIL (the former name is forbidden in the Russian Federation “Islamic state” – approx.)”, – said Kartapolov.

He noted that only last week were destroyed 46 control points and communication centers, 6 factories and workshops for the production of explosives, 22 different warehouse of combustive-lubricating materials and property, as well as 272 area of a congestion of fighters, fortresses, and field camps.

About 670 flights since September 30,

Russian aviation in Syria since September 30, flew about 670 sorties, almost 400 of them last week, said Kartapolov.

“Since the beginning of the use of the Russian air force from September 30 669 made sorties, 115 of the night”, he said.

Only last week, the General noted, the Russian pilots made 394 of departure.

“During the strikes, according to our data, 456 destroyed objects. Assessment of the General staff of the Russian armed forces, in the air strikes, we were able to significantly disrupt the infrastructure of militants to disrupt the supply system and the control of terrorist groups” – said Kartapolov.

The defense Ministry will hand over all military attache your map with the positions of militants in Syria

The defense Ministry has prepared its own map with the positions of militants “Islamic state” and “dzhebhat EN-Nusra” in Syria, it will be handed to the military attache, said Kartapolov.

“Not having received the coordinates of the LIH (organization banned in Russia – ed.), we asked our partners to us provided data on areas of moderate opposition. Unfortunately, we have not received a clear answer from our partners single question… So went to the next step, and based on our intelligence from the centre in Baghdad, we have prepared a detailed map with applied areas captured by ISIS,” said Kartapolov at a briefing for foreign military attachés and journalists.

He noted that the map shows the areas controlled by the Syrian armed forces. Also, according to him, the map shows the territory controlled by Islamic state and “dzhebhat EN-Nusra”.

Kartapolov said that this card will be issued to all military attachés. “On behalf of Russian defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, we will send this card through military-diplomatic channels,” he explained.

The representative of the General staff also drew the attention of the military attaché, for some sections of the Russian air force strikes.

“We beat only for internationally recognized terrorist groups. Our aircraft do not operate in southern Syria, where, to our knowledge, are the formation of “Syrian free army” – said Kartapolov.

He recalled that last week in foreign media appeared the statement that Russian should be aimed not only at terrorist groups in Syria.

“I want to draw your attention once again. Our air force strikes on the infrastructure of the militants on the basis of information obtained from multiple channels of intelligence and information centre in Baghdad,” said Kartapolov.

According to him, Russia has sought through various channels – diplomatic and military – with a request to provide specific data about the locations of groups of terrorist organizations, but it remained unanswered.

Blows to positions of terrorists

From 30 September the Russian air force strikes on targets of terrorists in Syria, acting at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

In the grouping of Air and space forces in this country have entered over 50 aircraft and helicopters.

In addition, the targeting of missile ships of the Caspian flotilla.

Earlier General Kartapolov said that, at any moment, strikes can be brought the Russian ships in the Mediterranean sea. To participate in a ground operation in Syria 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).