Commander of the Russian force grouping in Syria Colonel General Sergei Surovikin reported on the situation in Syria via videoconference.
According to Sergei Surovikin, main efforts of the Russian force grouping are concentrated on defeat of ISIS terrorists in the Euphrates valley. As Colonel General Sergei Surovikin stated, the town of Abu Kamal, last stronghold of ISIS terrorists in the east of Syria, was taken under control by the Syrian Arab Army.
Deir ez-Zor and Mayadin had been liberated earlier. Sergei Surovikin added that mop-up and mine action operations are held in the town.
In accordance with the report, 5th voluntary assault corps, assault groups commanded by General Suheil al-Hassan, and militia covered by Russian Aerospace Forces participated in liberation of Abu Kamal. The Syrian Arab Army has taken Syrian-Iraqi borders under control up to the River Euphrates.
In his turn, the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation General of the Army Sergei Shoigu stated that all tasks were being accomplished. Sergei Shoigu added that vast territories were mined.
According to the Minister of Defence, mine action operation is taking place in Deir ez-Zor and Mayadin. Military engineers have launched mine-clearing operation in Abu Kamal, the last stronghold of large terrorists’ grouping.
Sergei Shoigu congratulated the command staff and the troops on successful operation.
Pilots of the Russian Aerospace Forces demonstrated their skills and accomplished all assigned tasks, stressed Sergei Shoigu.
As the Defence Minister said, the number of suicide bombers was increasing.
They are penetrating the front line in different sections on car bombs or motorcycles, and conduct suicide attacks, said Sergei Shoigu.
Therefore, groups and units have been formed in order to counter these car bombs.