Syria, Russia offensive forces terrorists to retreat in disarray

DAMASCUS, Oct. 08 (MNA) –The military scenario begin to change with the mass desertion of thousands of terrorists, a week after Russian warplanes started their air strikes in the Syrian territory meeting a request of this Arab country's authorities.

Apart from stopping their advance over positions defended by the Syrian army and militias formed by the People's Defense forces, the terrorist groups started to withdraw, even resulting to leave the battle field.

Army intelligence sources yesterday confirmed that thousands of ISIL fighters operating in Syria fled to Turkey, Jordan and Europe.

According to military experts here, the stampede came after Russian air attacks started, in cooperation with the Syrian air force, against the hideouts of terrorist groups operating in this country since 2011.

This new Syria-Russia offensive, started on September 30, triggered a crisis in the members of the ISIL, al-Nusra Front, and other armed extremist groups, and the mass desertion of thousands of their members.

The same sources announced that about 3000 militants from al-Nusra and the Army of Conquest escaped to the Jordanian territory yesterday, fearing to be victims of the military offensive launched by the Syrian Army with the support of the Russian warplanes.

Last Sunday, ISIL members billeted in Raqqa city began to evacuate their families to the Iraqi locality of Mosul, due to an imminent Russian air attack.

According to recent statements by Col. Gen. Andrei Kartapolov, chief of operations of the Russian Army General Staff, about 600 foreign mercenaries who were members of armed terrorist groups left combat zones in Syria and try to reach to Europe.

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