Russian aviation and special operations Forces made a decisive contribution to the defeat of the Americans in the terrorist group “Islamic state” (organization banned in Russia). This was stated by the head of the Main operations Directorate of the General staff of armed forces of Russia Sergey rudskoy, reports “RIA Novosti”.
As noted rudskoy, Palmyra was released, despite the steady increase in the number of militants that were transferred from under Mosul and Raqqa. “But this has not helped the international coalition to achieve stated last year goals”, — stressed Armenian President (quoted by “Interfax”). During the operation killed more than a thousand fighters, added on November.
The operation was planned and conducted under the leadership of the Russian military advisers, told rudskoy. Against ISIS, according to Rudskoy, were applied not only to aircraft but also the latest Ka-52 helicopters, which demonstrated high effectiveness in the mountainous desert. To preserve the historical heritage impacts in the area of monuments was not targeted, he said.
On completion of the operation to capture Palmyra on March 2, defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin.
The day before it became known that the Syrian army has occupied the historic part of Palmyra, after which the fighting continued on the outskirts of the city. The Syrian army, which was covering the Syrian and Russian HQs, began to reconquer Palmyra after March 1, she managed to take the Palmyra triangle — a strategically important crossroads West of the city.
Palmyra liberated from ISIL militants for the second time in the last year. In March last year for the first time, the Syrian military recaptured Palmyra from terrorists who held the city in may 2015. But then the terrorists managed to gain a foothold on the positions to the East of the city and by the end of last year re-captured Palmyra.