October 1, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
Russia’s Aerospace Force ex-commander and Chairman of the Federation Council Defense and Security Committee Viktor Bondarev told TASS on Wednesday that terrorist organizations in Syria were well-trained and getting significant funding.
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“Only God knows how many terrorists are there in that region. According to the most modest estimates, there are over 100,000 of them there and all of them are well-trained. A militant armed with an assault rifle or a grenade launcher has to be taught to fight a regular army and if he did this successfully, this means that he got considerable funds, armaments and munitions,” Bondarev said.
Thanks to the Russian Aerospace Force, the terrorists’ offensive was halted, after which Russian military pilots reversed the situation and then prepared a bridgehead for launching an offensive on all the territories, cities, villages and provinces seized by the militants, he said according to TASS.
“The Syrian army was actually left alone and fought on its own. Honestly speaking, if we face the truth, no one, except the Aerospace Force, except Russia providing Syria huge support, is actually fighting against terrorists there. It is true, though, that there is also the Syrian army there,” the ex-commander said.
Paul Antonopoulos is a Research Fellow at the Center for Syncretic Studies. He has an MA in International Relations and is interested in Great Power Rivalry as well as the International Relations and Political Economy of the Middle East and Latin America.