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    A Russian anti-Islamic State (ISIL) military campaign, combined with Iranian support, has bolstered the morale of the Syrian army, Syria’s Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad said Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In an interview with Iranian media cited by the Syrian SANA news agency, Mikdad observed that the efficiency of Russian airstrikes "debunked the US-led coalition, that only claims to be fighting terrorism but has done nothing actually."

    Mikdad added that the US-led international coalition aims to destroy Syrian statehood and only prolongs war in the country.

    The minister asserted that Russia provided the backdrop for the ability of the warring parties to make serious progress during two rounds of Moscow intra-Syrian consultations earlier this year, calling for a third round of talks in the Russian capital.

    Since September 2014, a US-led coalition has been bombing ISIL positions in Syria without the approval of the UN Security Council or the Syrian authority. Earlier this month, Syrian President Bashar Assad claimed that ISIL had expanded its territories, and that the number of insurgents had increased since the beginning of the US-led bombing campaign.

    On September 30, Russian Aerospace Forces commenced precision airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on Assad's request. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, its airstrikes have already done considerable damage to IS command and logistics networks, as well as to infrastructure for equipping suicide bombers

    Moscow has concurrently promoted a political settlement in Syria, hosting two rounds of intra-Syrian talks between representatives of the Syrian government and the country's opposition in 2015.

    Russia Versus ISIL in Syria (618)


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