According to the Russian General Staff, massive defection continues among militants of terrorist groups in the eastern and northeastern parts of Syria, Russian Defense Ministry official Major-General Igor Konashenkov told reporters.
He also said field commanders of the terrorist organization Dzhagba-an-Nusra are conducting forced mobilization of locals in the provinces Idlib and Hama, threatening to kill the families of those who refuse mobilization.
"ISIL militants have declared full mobilization of all men from age 14 in the province Racca," Konashenkov said.
He said differences caused by the fight for control over territories and money flows are increasing between different terrorist groups. "According to radio intercepts, ISIL carried out three terrorist attacks using vehicles stuffed with explosives against field commanders of the group Dzhagba-an-Nusra on the outskirts of the city of Idlib last week," he said.
"ISIL leaders demand that field commanders increase the use on the main trunk pipelines of vehicles stuffed with explosives and other improvised explosive devices against the Syrian army," Konashenkov said.
Speaking about the actions by the Russian Aerospace Forces aviation group in Syria, he reiterated that all planes returned to the air base Hmeimim after their missions.
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