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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia will continue its operation in Syria until terrorism groups in the Arab Republic are defeated.

MUSCAT (Sputnik) Russia will continue its operation in Syria until terrorism groups in the Arab Republic are defeated, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

"Russian airstrikes will not cease until we truly win over terrorist groups: Daesh, Jabhat al-Nusra [banned in Russia] and such. I see no reason to stop these airstrikes," Lavrov told reporters.

Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011, with the army loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting several opposition factions and militant groups, including the Nusra Front (Jabhat al-Nusra) and Daesh, banned in a range of countries including Russia.

The Russian Aerospace Defense Forces have been conducting an aerial campaign against the terrorist positions in Syria since September 30, following a request from President Assad.

According to mid-January data from the Russian General Staff, the Russian forces carried out over 5,600 sorties and 97 cruise missile launches during the first 100 days of the counterterrorism operation in Syria, having destroyed thousands of terrorist targets, including several hundred militants, dozens of command centers and depots.

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Daesh, Al-Nusra Front, Sergei Lavrov, Syria, Russia
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    Erdogan: Damn, he did not mention the Kurds!
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  • ivanwa88
    Vote of confidence to all that support Russia's military involvement, that they will see it through to the end! The sending recently of there latest Su-35S was enough for me, there determination to see it through was quite obvious. We all salute your courage Long live Syria and its allies.
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    Good news finish them. erdo won't be happy.
  • Russia has to make it clear to the great satan that it will supply the 100% effective VERBA picture guided helicopter MANPAD to the taliban if the US supplies the cannibals in Syria with anti-aircraft missiles. With helicopters grounded the US would have to flee Afghanistan in one month.
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