Russia says kills 88,000 Syria militants

Published: October 20, 2018
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu. PHOTO: REUTERS

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu. PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW: Russia’s defence minister said Saturday that almost 88,000 militants had been killed in Syria in the three years since Moscow’s intervention to back government forces.


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“Over the course of the operation, a total of more than 87,500 militants have been eliminated, 1,411 settlements have been liberated and more than 95% of Syria’s territory,” Shoigu was quoted as saying at a forum in Singapore in a ministry statement.

“Most of the rebels have been liquidated,” Shoigu said.

Britain-based war monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says close to 365,000 people have been killed during the seven-year civil war.

Russia launched strikes in support of President Bashar al Assad’s regime in September 2015.

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Russian air forces have carried out more than 40,000 bombing missions, hitting about 120,000 targets of ‘terrorist’ infrastructure, Shoigu said.

The defence minister said that “Syrian armed forces currently control territory where more than 90% of the population lives.”

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  • Bunny Rabbit
    Oct 20, 2018 - 6:04PM

    Does any one remember a person called Asad in Syria . Where is he . when was he last photographed ? why is not involved in these high level talks on Syria by almost all countries on this planet ? A penny for his thoughts . Recommend

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