October 24, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
The Russian Defense Minister, Sergey Shoigu, highlighted the success of Moscow’s military operation in Syria, particularly against ISIS.
“Today, Daesh [ISIS] controls less than 5%. Before the start of the operation of the Russian Air and Space Forces, more than 70% of the territory of Syria was under Daesh control,” Shoigu said at a meeting of defense ministers of ASEAN member countries and dialogue partners.
“998 cities and settlements have been liberated, the liberated area is 503 thousand 223 square kilometers. Most of the militants were eliminated. The process of restoring a peaceful life in the country has begun. Since the beginning of the operation of the Russian Air Force, since 2015, 1.12 million people have returned to their homes. Only in 2017 — 660 thousand,” Shoigu said.
“We pay special attention to solving humanitarian issues in Syria. We have done good work on defusing explosive objects. A total of 96,105 explosive objects have been defused since the work started – an average of 1,500 explosive objects per 24 hours. We are also training Syrian sappers. As of now, 621 sappers have already started working,” Shoigu said.