HAMIM /Syria/, March 15. Combat performance of the Russian pilots and support units in Syria helped thwart the terrorists ‘ plans for expansion in new regions, including Russia, said Tuesday the Deputy defense Minister, state Secretary Nikolay Pankov.
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“Combat performance of pilots of the aerospace defence forces and military support units were commended by the Supreme commander – Russian President Vladimir Putin and Minister of defense (Sergei Shoigu),” – said Pankov on the solemn ceremony on the occasion of the execution of the Russian military tasks in Syria.
According to him, the militants in Syria has created a real springboard for expansion into new regions, including Russia, however, the implementation of all tasks of the Russian pilots together with Syrian forces allowed the terrorists to inflict significant damage and disrupt the office and undermine their economic potential. “Both our soldiers and our Syrian colleagues have been resolute and skilful action, courage and bravery, courage and heroism” – said Pankov.
Blows to the terrorists
Also Pankov said that the Russian aviation group in Syria will continue to strike targets of terrorists.
“There have been some positive results. There is a real chance to put an end to decades of confrontation and violence. However, the victory over terrorism too early to say. The Russian air group has the task to continue its strikes on targets of terrorists,” – said Pankov on a festive event on the occasion of the execution of the Russian military tasks in Syria.
He recalled that the truce, in force in the country from 27 February, is not applicable to the militants of the “Islamic state” and “dzhebhat EN-Nusra” (both organizations are banned in Russia) and other groups recognized by the UN Security Council terrorist.
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While Pankov noted that by causing significant damage to the terrorists “managed to intensify the offensive factions of the government forces of the Syrian Arab Republic and the release of more than 200 settlements.”
On building of the personnel at the airbase Hamim distinguished servicemen were awarded state awards of Russia and Syria. Pankova in addition to the ceremonial event was attended by chief of the Syrian General staff, General Ali Abdullah Ayub.
On Monday, President Vladimir Putin ordered March 15 to start withdrawing the main part of the group of Air and space forces from Syria. According to him, the tasks that were set before the military, “generally made”.
About grouping “dzhebhat EN-Nusra” and “Islamic state”
The radical Islamist group “dzhebhat EN-Nusra” (“Front of victory”), associated with a terrorist network “al-Qaeda” was created in 2011 on the territory of Syria. Our key objectives “dzhebhat EN-Nusra” named the overthrow of the regime of Bashar al-Assad with the subsequent establishment of an Islamic Emirate in Syria. On December 29, the Supreme court recognized “dzhebhat EN-Nusra” a terrorist organization and banned its activities in Russia.
“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).