Head of Russian troops' headquarters in Syria Alexander Lapin held a press briefing at the Hmeymim air base in Latakia on Tuesday, where he summarised the recent gains by the joint Syrian and Russian offensive against the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants.
«To date, 85 percent of the Syrian territory has been liberated from militants in illegal armed formations... Еще. About 27 thousand square kilometres of the territory are to be liberated before the complete destruction of IS in Syria», said Lapin.
«The operation against the IS and Jabhat al-Nusrah militants in Syria will continue until their complete and assured destruction», he added.
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