Russian Defense Ministry claims to have eliminated last large IS pocket of resistance in central Syria
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 03-Sep-2017

Moscow, September 3: Russian Ministry of Defence announced that Syrian government forces, supported by Russian air power, have wiped out the last major pocket of terrorist resistance in central Syria. The statement also claimed to have liberated the strategic town of Akerbat in Hama governorate. Russian planes destroyed terrorist strongholds and their armored hardware.

“The units of the 4th tank division of Syrian government forces, in collaboration with the 5th Volunteer Corps and military intelligence unit (Mukhabarat), liberated the town of Akerbat,” the ministry said. “The operation to destroy a large group of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) fighters in the eastern part of the Hama province was carried out with the active support of the Russian Air Force.”

The Akerbat pocket was one of the strongholds of terrorists in the region. Hence it was very important to clear it. Ivan Konovalov, head of military policy at the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies held the successful military operation as an important to balance the power in the region.

“Such successful military operations always matter – the enemy’s troops and equipment are destroyed. The more often such operations are conducted, the closer we get to the end of the war,” the expert said.

As per the local report, Russian warplanes destroyed nine armored vehicles, including two tanks, six artillery positions, one home-made multiple rocket launcher, three supply depots and over 20 supply trucks carrying fuel, weapons, and ammunition.