Russia’s highest-ranking military officer has been killed while battling Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants near the eastern Syria over the weekend.
Russia's Defense Ministry said Sunday that Lt. Gen. Valery Asapov "was at a command post of Syrian troops, assisting the Syrian commanders in the operation for the liberation of the city of Deir al-Zor".
The ministry said "as a result of a mortar shelling by the ISIS (Islamic State group), Asapov was mortally wounded".
General Asapov was serving as one of Russia’s military advisers in Syria.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Rybakov asserted that the United States was to blame for the death of a Russian general. “The death of the Russian commander is the price paid with blood for the hypocrisy of American policy in Syria," Ryabkov said on Monday.
However, the US Central Command has denied the accusations in a written statement to RT.
“The allegations are false. For operational security, we do not comment on ongoing operations or the current positions of Coalition personnel and our partner forces,” the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve said.
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A Russian Armed Forces demining unit has been dispatched along with Uran-6 mine-clearing robotic systems to Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry reported Monday. "More than 40 specialists of the advanced detachment of the International Mine Action Center of the Russian Armed Forces, 7 special equipment units and a group of dog handlers with mine detection dogs have been redeployed to Syrias Hmeymim airfield by military-transport planes,"
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Russian Forces in Syria have bombed a meeting of the Jabhat al-Nusra terror group, severely wounded its leader and killing some 65 terrorists including 12 commanders, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said on Wednesday. "On October 3, the Russian military intelligence found out the time and venue of the Jabhat al-Nusra leaders meeting led by the groups leader, Abu Muhammad al-Julani
The Syrian Army has foiled a terrorist attack attempted by Islamic State (IS) on military positions at a town to the east of Palmyra city in Homs province. The surveillance system monitored a convoy of vehicles that belongs to IS moving from the depth of the Badiya area (desert) on the axis of the third station towards al-Soukhna town,
Russias armed forces are conducting a large scale air drill near its border with China and North Korea, the countrys state news agency Tass reported Tuesday
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