The remaining members of the Daesh terrorist group are gathering in Syria’s Dayr al-Zawr province for their last stand, says the Russian Defense Ministry.
“The remaining [terrorist] forces are heading there. According to our data, militants from Mosul [in Iraq] moved there and the most battle-ready units from Raqqah,” said spokesman for the Russian General Staff, General Sergey Rudskoy, on Monday.
He noted that despite the fact that most of the terrorists had left Raqqah, the US-backed SDF forces have still not been able to capture the city.
“Syrian government forces supported by Russian Aerospace forces are swiftly pushing from three directions towards Dayr al-Zawr at the moment. The foothold around the city is the last stronghold of terrorists on Syrian soil,” he added.
“The defeat of the main forces of the most odious terrorist group, Daesh, which intended to create a so-called ‘caliphate,’ will be completed with lifting the siege of Dayr al-Zawr,” he added.
Rudskoy went on to note that Russian Air Force has considerably increased its operations against Daesh in August, boosting the number of sorties to 60-70 per day as the push for Dayr al-Zawr gains momentum.
“During the past five days, Russian planes made 316 sorties and carried out 819 strikes…All in all, in August, Russian Aerospace forces aviation made 990 sorties, [and] 2,518 airstrikes have been carried out on command posts, positions, stockpiles, transshipment bases and camps. Forty armored vehicles, 106 gun trucks and up to 800 terrorists have been destroyed,” noted.
Earlier in the day, the Russian defense ministry announced that its aircraft have eliminated more than 200 Daesh terrorists heading for Dayr al-Zawr.
Daesh controls most of oil-rich Dayr al-Zawr Province, but the terror outfit is under pressure from Syrian forces advancing from the west.
The Syrian soldiers control a pocket of the provincial capital, Dayr al-Zawr, which has been under siege by Daesh for two years.
Dayr al-Zawr is one of the few remaining areas under the Daesh control as the terrorist group is losing ground in Raqqah, its de facto capital in Syria.