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Russian airstrikes help Syrian army to conduct ground operations — ambassador

October 07, 2015, 13:59 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Syrian intelligence services "check the information about positions of terrorist organization more than 10 times" before sharing it with Russia for delivering airstrikes, Riyad Haddad said
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MOSCOW, October 7. /TASS/. Russia’s airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) targets contribute to Syrian army’s operations on the ground against the terrorists, Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riad Haddad said on Wednesday.

"The strikes carried out by Russia’s aerospace forces against the IS positions in Syria are precise and efficient," the diplomat said. "Russia helps the Syrian army to conduct ground operations."

Syrian intelligence services "check the information about positions of terrorist organization more than 10 times" before sharing it with Russia for delivering airstrikes, Riyad Haddad said.

Commenting Western media reports that Russian airstrikes target civilians, Haddad said: "Coordination is carried out through the information center in Baghdad. However, coordination is also underway with participation of all general of the Syrian army." "This is done so that precise airstrikes are delivered at the positions of the Islamic State terrorist organization," he added.

"It is important to note that before Russian fighter jets take off, reconnaissance operations are carried out, and the information is checked more than 10 times on every facility," he stressed. "Moreover, the weapons that Russia uses is high-precision, so the possibility of mistakes is almost zero," the ambassador stressed.

A week ago, Russia’s aerospace forces launched pinpoint strikes against the Islamic State targets in Syria at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The operation started shortly after Russia’s upper house of parliament, the Federation Council, on September 30 unanimously approved the use of Russia’s Armed Forces in Syria.

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