A monument to the Russian liberators, who helped the Syrian Arab Republic (SAR) to combat radical Islamists, will be erected in the city of Deir ez-Zor.
The ground-breaking ceremony was held in the central square of the administrative center of the Deir ez-Zor region on February 8. Both local officials and representatives of the Russian military command took part in the solemn event.
As noted at the ceremony, the new monument is dedicated to the memory of all Russians who contributed to the victory over terrorism in the region.
The commemorative event was carried out on the fourth anniversary of the 2018 Battle of Khsham. In that battle, Syrian Arab Army (SAA) forces and Russian volunteers confronted U.S. troops hiding among the fighters of the Islamic State* (IS, banned in Russia.) U.S. forces that suffered casualties used their air force in that battle, including attack helicopters, fighter jets, and strategic bombers.
Russian volunteers that the Western press often associates with the Wagner Group private military company, made a significant contribution to the victory over radical Islamism in the region.
Together with the Syrian government forces, they were able to clear the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic of the threat, despite the opposition of intervening foreign forces, illegally present in the country.
- The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) officially known as the Islamic State (IS)] is recognized as a terrorist organization. Its activities are officially banned in Russia by the ruling of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation on December 29, 2014.
- Caucasus Emirate is an international organization officially banned in Russia.
- The Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) or Turkestan Islamic Movement (TIM), formerly known as the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM)) is an international network officially banned in Russia.