Russian Defense Ministry plans to step up strikes against terrorists in Syria

The Russian air force in Syria will increase its strikes against terrorists, and Russia's Defense Ministry is ready to cooperate with all countries concerned.

The Russian air force in Syria will increase its strikes against terrorists, and Russia's Defense Ministry is ready to cooperate with all countries concerned, the director of the Main Operations Department of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff, Col. Gen. Andrei Kartapolov, told reporters on Saturday.

"We will both continue our air strikes and boost their intensity," he said at Russia's National Defense Control Center.

The Russian airstrikes are primarily targeting "command points, ammunition and explosives depots, communication hubs, mini-plats to produce weapons for suicide bombers and militant training camps," he said.

The Russian Defense Ministry wants different countries to coordinate their activities to fight the terrorist threat, Kartapolov said.

The International Information Center of the Coordination Committee is already operating in Baghdad, he said.

"We have invited all those who are interested in fighting against the ISIS terrorist group to contribute to its work. One of its tasks is to coordinate activities and prevent any incidents," the general said.

 

Russia has called on other countries to share"any useful information about the ISIS group's facilities on the territory of Syria and Iraq," he noted.

 

"However, I have to admit that today we are receiving such information only from our colleagues within this Center from Iran, Iraq and Syria. But we remain open to dialogue with all countries concerned and will welcome any constructive contribution to this work," Kartapolov said.

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