Syria: Moscow, Damascus has retaken 150 cities since Dec.

Russian aviation helps moderate rebels reconquer Raqqa

11 January, 19:28

    Russian air strikes over Raqqa Russian air strikes over Raqqa

     - MOSCOW - Syrian troops have reconquered over 150 cities and villages from December through the start of January, according to Russian Gen. Sergey Rudskoy, who was quoted by Tass as saying that Russia's air force is helping moderate rebels advance towards Raqqa, the Syrian capital of ISIS.

    ''In December 2015 - said the general - militants were kicked out of 134 villages and cities and from 19 other settlements in the first days of the new year''. In addition, according to Rudskoy, ''the most significant successes were registered in the provinces of Aleppo, Latakia, Hama, Homs and Raqqa''.

    Meanwhile, Syrian 'moderate' rebels ''are continuing to advance towards Raqqa'', the stronghold of ISIS in Syria, with the ''support of the Russian aviation'' and ''travelled 50 kilometers advancing towards Palmyra'', conquering Mhasse and other villages.

    ''Groups of the Syrian democratic forces led by Ayman al-Ghanim over the past few days have conquered'' several residential centers, said the general.

    ''The Russian aviation - said Rudskoy - provides support to patriotic forces fighting against international terrorists in Syrian territory. Now - noted the general - our planes are carrying out raids in the interest of 11 groups of the democratic opposition, which includes over 7,000 people''.

    According to Rudskoy, moreover, ''towards the south, the Desert Lions and Kalamun groups have advanced along over 50 kilometers with the support of the Russian aviation in their offensive on Palmyra and have conquered the populated areas of Zaza, Kessara and the city of Mhasse''. 

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