MOSCOW, October 22. Terrorists in Syria pose protecting groups to stop the desertion of new recruits, including mobilized teenagers, told reporters the head of the main operations Directorate of the Russian General staff Colonel-General Andrey Kartapolov.
According to him, the militants have to be put “under the gun” as many people as possible due to the large losses.
“During their announced the mobilization of recruited adolescents aged 12 years and older, however, for fear these recruits threw down their arms EN masse and leave their positions,” – said Kartapolov.
“We know that some warlords in the province of Aleppo, trying to halt the Exodus of recruits, are creating the most loyal of fighters protecting groups”, – said the General.
Kartapolov also said that the militants against the Syrian military, hide behind the “human shield” of the local population.
“To accelerate the onset (of the Syrian army – approx.) are often hampered by the fact that the militants for protection from fire hide behind a human shield of local population, as it was during the liberation of the village Khan-Fog”, – he said.
Previously Kartapolov stated that the main forces of terrorists in Syria has lost the fighting ability of the Russian airstrikes, their management system and supply is disturbed.
Russian pilots strike at objects is prohibited in the Russian Federation the terrorist organization “Islamic state” from the 30th of September, acting at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The aviation group of the aerospace defence forces of Russia in Syria included more than 50 aircraft and helicopters. In addition, on 7 October at locations on the territory of the country was hit with cruise missiles long range with ships of the Caspian flotilla. To participate in ground operations in Syria Russia has no plans.