Russian defense Ministry ready to engage in dialogue with U.S. counterparts about assistance in the destruction of the militants of the terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG banned in Russia) in the Western regions of Iraq. On Wednesday, December 6, said the chief of the General staff of the Russian Armed forces army General Valery Gerasimov, reports RIA Novosti.
In General, the attention of the international coalition should focus not on the deployment in Syria of its military bases, and the destruction of the militants in Western Iraq to prevent the return of ISIS in Syria and exclusion of the revival there “Caliphate”.
“Ready to engage in dialogue and join American colleagues in this matter”, — said the senior military official, speaking at the annual briefing for foreign military attaches.
Earlier on 6 December Gerasimov has declared the full liberation of Syria from Islamic state terrorists. According to him, the army of General Hassan Suhel and 5th assault corps volunteer defeated the remnants of militants in the province of Deir ez-Zor and made settlements Salihia, El KRATA, El-Katja and Musalaha. After this they joined with the government troops advancing from the South. “Thus, today the territory controlled by ISIS in Syria does not exist”, — stated the chief of the General staff.
On 23 November it was reported that the Iraqi army launched an operation to destroy the last of the militias, who retired to the desert. “The goal of the campaign is to prevent the rest of the group hid in the wilderness and used it as a base for future attacks”, — said the Colonel in the Iraqi army, Kareem Salah (Salah Kareem).