Information center in Baghdad needs coordination structure, Syrian army needs new weapons - Russian Defense Ministry

A coordination structure should be established on the basis of the information center in Baghdad involving Russia in order to fight the extremist organization ISIS outlawed by Moscow in the Middle East.

A coordination structure should be established on the basis of the information center in Baghdad involving Russia in order to fight the extremist organization ISIS outlawed by Moscow in the Middle East, and everyone loyal to the legitimate Syrian authorities should be provided with modern arms so that they could resist ISIS fighters, coordinator of the Russian Defense Ministry's department of general inspectors Gen. of the Army Yuri Yakubov said.

"Obviously, it is important to expand the anti-ISIS coalition. But it is no less important to provide with modern armaments and military hardware the followers of Syrian government forces, primarily the Syrian army, Kurdish militia and other supporters of President Bashar al-Assad," Yakubov told Interfax-AVN on Tuesday.

"In the wake of the Russian president's appeal for creating a broad international coalition to fight ISIS, it is necessary to expand its membership and, at the same time, to build a structure for coordinating their actions in the Middle East," the general said.

In his opinion, coordination structures formed at the basis of the information center in Baghdad consisting of Russia, Syria, Iran and Iraq "would give new forces and capacities to the international coalition."

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