The General Staff of Russia: Palmyra Freed by Russian Special Forces

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Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

28th March, 2016


The release of Palmyra has strategic importance in the fight against terrorism in Syria. This was stated by Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed forces Valery Gerasimov. According to him, the ancient city was liberated with the participation of the Russian Federation Airforce, special operations forces, and military advisors.

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“Yesterday Palmyra, the most important cultural center, was liberated from terrorists thanks to the support of the Russian space forces and special operations forces, with the participation of our military advisers. The liberation of this city is of strategic importance in the fight against terrorism in Syria”, — quotes RIA Novosti.

He emphasized that, “the Russian operation in Syria has allowed the situation with the growth of the international terrorist tumor to radically change: terrorists bases and warehouses of weapons and ammunition supplies were destroyed, and the crude oil smuggling operation was blocked, which the terrorists received financial support from”.

“Units of the Armed Forces of Syria and militias, as well as the formation of a healthy opposition have switched to active offensive actions against the gangs of ISIS. This agreement began a process of reconciliation,” — said Gerasimov.

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