It’s also been reported by FNA that Russia will soon be invited, by the Iraqi parliament/president, to conduct air strikes in Iraq. (r.a. note)
FARS NEWS AGENCY Posted Thurs., Oct.08, 2015
TEHRAN (FNA)- Members of the ISIL Takfiri terrorist groups in Syria have evacuated the Arab country and fled to Turkey, Jordan and Europe, military source confirmed.
Thousands of ISIL Takfiri terrorists have fled Syria to Jordan, Turkey and Europe as the Syrian army continues march on militant-held regions as well as Russia’s airstrikes against positions of militias across the Arab country.
“A large number of ISIL terrorists have fled the Syrian territories to Jordan, Turkey and Europe after the Russian warplanes and the Syrian army troops pounded their gathering centers and hideouts,” the source underlined.
A local source on Monday told FNA that the ISIL militants, most of them from the Caucasus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Chechnya, together with their families have left Raqqa province in Syria for Iraq.
The source noted that at least 220 ISIL families have fled to Iraq, and said, “Notorious terrorists such as Abu Talheh Hejazi from Saudi Arabia and ISIL religious police chief Abu Abdullah al-Akidi are among the militants who have fled Raqqa province.”
Another military source confirmed that over 3,000 militants from the ISIL, Al-Nusra Front and Jeish al-Yarmouk have left Syria for Jordan after the start of the Syrian army’s new wave of attacks and advances and the Russian airstrikes on terrorist groups positions.
The source noted that the Takfiri militants are afraid of the army’s advances in all fronts that come with the Russians’ air backup.
Russia’s Defense Ministry confimed on Tuesday that its jets pounded 10 ISIL targets in various regions, and destroyed 20 tanks and 3 rocket launchers near Palmyra in Homs province.
Russia’s upper house of parliament has approved the use of Russia’s Air Force in Syria, following a request by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Russia has launched a series of airstrikes across the Arab country Syria since last Wednesday.
Moscow says its strikes have destroyed command centers and arms depots belonging to ISIL.
Meanwhile, Head of Russia’s upper chamber of parliament announced that Moscow will consider extending its airstrikes against terrorist groups in Syria to Iraq if it receives such a request from Baghdad. The Speaker, Valentina Matviyenko, stressed that Russia had so far not received such a request from the Iraqi government.