A large-scale offensive on the positions of Syrian Government troops in the Idlib de-escalation zone, which breached a ceasefire agreement, was “initiated by the American secret services to stop the successful advance of the [Syrian] government troops to the east of Deir ez-Zor,” Head of the Main Operational Department of Russian General Staff Sergei Rudskoi said in a briefing in Moscow, Wednesday... Еще.
He was referring to an offensive launched by Jabhat Al-Nusra militants launched on Tuesday 19th, which “managed to penetrate 12 kilometres [7.5 miles] through the government troops’ defence line.” According to Ruskoi, “one of the main goals of the militants’ actions was an attempt to capture units of the Russian military police, amounting to 29 service personnel.”
As a result, 29 Russian military police personnel were encircled for several hours. A rescue operation was launched by Deputy Head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties and Hero of Russia Major General Victor Shuliak. The military police personnel were successfully rescued. “Three soldiers of the Special Operations Forces were injured,” Ruskoi said, adding “all participants of this unique operation were presented with state awards.”
Ruskoi concluded the briefing saying “currently almost completely regained the ground lost. The operation to destroy the terrorists will be continued.”
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