Conditions for encirclement of Palmyra created – Rudskoy

MOSCOW, March 18 (KUNA) — All conditions for the encirclement and final defeat of the so-called Islamic State (IS) group in the Syrian city of Palmyra have been created, Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Lt.Gen. Sergei Rudskoy said Friday.
“The Syrian army units established control on key hilltops and major traffic areas, as well as cut off IS ammunition and material supply routes,” Rudskoy said in a press conference.
The offensive is carried out by Syria’s armed forces yet the help of Russia’s Aerospace Forces allowed Syria’s armed forces to significantly strengthen to continue the offensive, he added.
Russian Aerospace forces are launching 25 strikes daily against IS locations, nonetheless, the Russian withdrawal is undergoing. “These air strikes are being conducted according to an unbending pre-designed plan.” Over the past year, IS has seized, looted and destroyed several of the world’s most important archaeological and cultural sites, including the ancient Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage site. (end) as.nfm