20 August، 2021
New York, SANA
Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Vasily Nebenzya, affirmed that some parties are trying to hinder the efforts of the Syrian Arab Army and the Russian forces in eliminating the remaining of terrorist organizations, affirming his country’s support to Syria in the fight against terrorism.
TASS news agency quoted Nebenzya as saying during a session of the UN Security Council on Thursday that the Syrian army and the Russian forces were able to significantly reduce the capabilities of terrorists in Syria, but the attempts of some sides to present some of these organizations as part of the “opposition” complicate the war on terrorism and impede efforts to eliminate the remaining of terrorist organizations.
Nebenzya added “Thanks to the continuous and tireless efforts of the Syrian and Russian armies, the capabilities of terrorist organizations on Syrian territory, especially Daesh, have been largely weakened, but some terrorist cells continue their attacks and still pose a serious threat.”
Nisreen Othman / Mazen Eyon
Thanks to consistent efforts of Russian and Syrian military, the potential of terrorist organizations that are active in Syria has been significantly reduced over the recent years, first of all that of ISIL. At the same time, separate terrorist cells still remain active and pose a considerable threat.
The most numerous terrorist group is ‘Hayat Tahrir al-Sham’ that evolved from “Jabhat al-Nusra”. By various estimates, HTS has from 10 to 15 thousand people. What complicates the fight against this terrorist organization is the attempts of some stakeholders to present it as some sort of political opposition.
Another terrorist organization that is a source of danger in the region is ‘Hurras al-Din’, which is a Syrian branch of Al-Qaida. Its estimated capacity is 3.5 to 5 thousand people, half of which are foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs).
On our part, we continue rendering the required assistance to the Syrian authorities to help them counter terrorism.
The situation evolving in other regions of the world also raises our concern. ISIL is expanding its influence on the African continent. Their regional branches are receiving more autonomy, especially in West Africa and the Sahel, East and Central Africa.