Ministry of Defence Strengthens Intelligence Gathering Efforts in the Middle East


Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

1st February, 2016


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Russia has strengthened all forms of intelligence in the Middle East to improve the speed of identifying and destroying targets of terrorist organizations. On Monday, 1st February, the Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov confirmed this, reports “Interfax”.

“It allows us to discover new militant targets and defeat them almost in real time,” he said.

The Defense Ministry spokesman also stressed that all the airstrikes from the Russian air force in Syria are conducted using pre-explored and confirmed orders. “The coordinates of the objects of the militants in the action area come from the data centre, they are then sent to Baghdad, the command of the Syrian government troops and detachments of the Patriotic opposition,” he said.

Russian airstrikes on terrorist groups in Syria, including the formations of “Islamic State” and “Jabhat al-Nusra”, from 30th September 2015, have expanded from the Khmeimim air base by the aviation brigade of special purpose. The request for military assistance from Moscow was made by President of the Syrian Arab Republic Bashar al-Assad. In total, as of early February 2016, the Russian aviation group has conducted about 6500 sorties.

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