Duma States the Need to Expand the Military Operation of Russia in Syria

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Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

28th May, 2016


The State Duma spoke about the need to expand the military operation of Russia in Syria: The airforce needs in the near future to make unilateral airstrikes on militants from “al-Nusra (terrorist group forbidden in Russia). This was stated by the head of the Duma Committee on Defense, former Black Sea fleet commander Admiral Vladimir Komoyedov.

According to Komoyedov, while Russia was waiting for US’ response to the joint action plan, Jabhat al-Nusra managed to regroup forces. “During this period, “al-Nusra” has increased, regained strength, and is mostly active… we should not just run, and it’s time to end this,” he said in an interview to”Interfax”.

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According to the head of the Duma Committee on Defense, if active operations against Jabhat al-Nusra” in Syria do not begin, “it is possible to lose something positive that has been achieved”.

On Wednesday, the official representative of the Ministry of Defense of Russia Igor Konashenkov said that it was decided to postpone attacks on the militant group because of terrorists and troops of the Syrian opposition.

According to the representative of the Defense Ministry, calls by the opposition groups came from various provinces of Syria, especially from Aleppo and Damascus.

Earlier, Russia suggested to the United States, from May 25th, to start a joint attack with the aerospace forces of the Russian Federation and aircraft from the coalition led by the United States on the units of al-Nusra and other groups that do not support the cessation of hostilities. As was noted, in the event of refusal, the Russian Federation reserves the right on this day to unilaterally destroy the terrorists. The Pentagon said that Washington does not intend to coordinate their military actions in Syria with Russia.

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