MOSCOW, January 24. The capture by the Syrian army the town of al-Rabia in Latakia province to allow to block one of the sites of the Syrian-Turkish border, through which is conducted the transfer of militants and smuggling of oil from areas controlled by prohibited in Russia by the terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG). This opinion was expressed to journalists by the first Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Frants Klintsevich, commenting on the reports by the Syrian media.
Media: the Syrian army took control of the former main stronghold of the extremists in Latakia
Earlier, the Syrian news Agency SANA reported citing military sources that government troops took key towns in the province of Latakia – Ar-Rabiy.
The liberation of the city from terrorists was “serious blow” to ISIS, according to the Senator, because they have seen the Syrian army the road to exit directly on the border with Turkey, “it is crucial that the strategic plan”. “There is a real opportunity for the overlap of one section of the Turkish-Syrian border, used to smuggle terrorists into Syria and the smuggling of Syrian oil IG”, – said the Klintsevich.
“Refusing to do Turkey, can now make Syria”, – said the first Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security. He also believes that the capture of Al-Rabiya was “another example of effective interaction between the Syrian government forces (Syria) and the Russian space forces”.
“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).