More than 2,000 militants who traveled from Russia to join Islamic State were killed by Russian armed forces operating in Syria, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said, the Dozhd news agency reported Friday.
The targeted terrorists, with 17 warlords among them, were
promulgating radical Islam and plotting to bring jihad to Russia,
With help from the Russian air force, Syrian troops managed to
clear more than 12,000 square kilometers and 150 towns from islamist
militants. A total of 586 settlements were liberated, which allowed
more than 264,000 refugees to return to their homes, Shoigu said.
According to the defense minister, more military conflicts are
likely to erupt in near future, given the current development of
events, the Interfax news agency reported.
Crisis situations similar to the one in Syria might be provoked in
Central Asia, and Russia “will be forced to adequately respond to
potential threats,” Shoigu was quoted as saying by Interfax.