The Minister of defence of Russia Sergey Shoigu, speaking at a meeting of defense Ministers of ASEAN, spoke about the achievements of the Russian and Syrian military in the fight against the terrorist group «Islamic state».
«Liberated 998 cities and towns, the freed area is 503 223 thousand square kilometers. Eliminated most of the fighters. Started the process of restoring peaceful life», — said the head of the military Department.
The whole territory of Syria, according to the UN, is 185.180 square kilometers. Thus, the Russian defense Minister reported the release of almost three Siry.
According to Shoigu, IG, which until the beginning of the Russian operation controlled about 70% of Syrian territory, and at the moment holds under the control of not more than 5% of the country. We will remind that Russian troops had joined in the action against the jihadists in the fall of 2015.