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MOSCOW, October 22. /TASS/. Certain field commanders of terrorists in Syria suggest to the Syrian government forces local truces, head of the Main Operations Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces’ General Staff Andrey Kartapolov said Thursday.
"Certain field commanders are starting getting in touch with Syrian troops units with suggestions on local truces and holding talks," Kartapolov told journalists.
According to the officer the main forces of the militants in Syria have lost the fighting capacity, their logistics system has been destroyed.
"As a result of the Russian airstrikes, the main forces of the terrorist groups, comprising the best-trained fighters, have lost their fighting capacity, the armed groups’ system of control and supply has been disrupted. Terrorists are experiencing an acute shortage of ammunition, weapons and fuel," Kartapolov said.
Kartapolov pointed out that militants are fleeing from Syria to Turkey and Jordan.
The officer said that terrorists in Syria are creating barrier squads to stop newly mobilized recruits, some of whom are teenagers, from deserting the frontline.
"They are drafting teenagers older than 12 years old as part of a mobilization campaign. However, these conscripts are massively dropping weapons and leaving their positions out of fear," Kartapolov stressed.
"We know that separate terrorist chieftains in Aleppo province are creating barrier squads out of most devoted militants to prevent the conscripts from deserting their positions," the general said.
Kartapolov also pledged Islamic State militants in Syria are using the local population as "live shields" to protect themselves from the Syrian army.
"The fact that the militants often using local residents as "live shields" to cover themselves from fire are preventing (the Syrian army) from mounting the offensive. That was the case when the army was liberating the Khan Tuman populated locality," Kartapolov said.
According to the Russian general, militants of the Islamic State stopped shelling Damascus after the beginning of the Syrian troops’ offensive.
"In spite of a staunch resistance put up by the militants, the ring of encirclement around them is getting tighter," Gen Kartapolov said. "The boldest result of this operation is a lull in the shelling of the city, the first one over a long enough period of time."
The Syrian military are conduction an operation the Joubar and Eastern Guta districts of Damascus.