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Russian MoD: Syrian Armed Opposition Not Fighting Nusra Terrorists

© AP Photo / Al-Nusra Front Twitter pageAl-Nusra Front fighters. (File)
Al-Nusra Front fighters. (File) - Sputnik International
The Russian Center for Syrian Reconciliation has located the Jabhat Fatah al-Sham terror group (Nusra Front) in the country's Southern de-escalation zone.

HMEIMIM (Sputnik) — A Russian military official said that the Syrian armed opposition has not taken any combat actions against the terrorists.

"As a result of monitoring of the Southern de-escalation zone, officers found out that the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists were operating near the locality of Beyjin. The terrorists conducted offensive against the [Syrian army] periodically… So far, no measures have been taken by the opposition in the region to fight against the terrorists in the Southern de-escalation zone," head of the center, Lt. Gen. Sergei Kuralenko, said at a daily briefing.

United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura leaves a news conference during the Intra Syria talks at the United Nations Offices in Geneva, Switzerland, May 19, 2017 - Sputnik International
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Kuralenko added that the situation in the region has been strained due to the presence of the armed group, designated as a terrorist organization by the international community.

Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad fighting numerous opposition factions and extremist groups operating in the country, including the Daesh terrorist group.

Over the past several months, as a result of the Syrian government forces' offensive, the terrorists have lost most of the territory they had occupied during the Daesh rampage across Syria and Iraq in 2014.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry's data, over 90 percent of Syrian territory has already been liberated from militants with Moscow's aerial support.

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