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Putin: Hurdles Facing Military Operations in Syria

London- In his meeting with army officials and arms manufacturing companies, Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted that certain lapses and hurdles are crippling the Russian military operation in Syria and need to be inspected.

Since launching operations, the Russian air force conducted over ten thousand campaigns and a large number of strikes which have taken down over 30 thousand targets, Putin explained.

Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, on May 10th in Riyadh , conferred with Russia’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia Oleg Ozerov on the preparations needed to assemble a Gulf-Russian ministerial meeting which addresses both developing bilateral affairs and the change posed on the regional political state-of-affairs, the Syria cause especially.

Ambassador Ozerov said that the fourth Gulf-Russian ministerial meeting–for the first time- will be held in Moscow, Russia on the 26th of current May. Speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, Ozerov expressed his hope of the Moscow meeting bringing political perspectives closer on the Syrian case and presenting terms of agreement on the political solution for the crisis.

He pointed out that many common factors on settling the strife in Syria exist according to U.N. resolutions 2254 and 2268.

Meanwhile, on the ground, an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) official revealed that more than 1200 Iranian troops have been reported killed over the course of the last four years in Syria.

On the losses experienced in the Khan Touman clashes, taking place south of Aleppo, a Syrian Opposition official told Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that Iran’s determination with reentering the zone is not relevant to restoring its control over

the strategic village as much as it is an attempt to retrieve IRGC corpses resulting from last week’s clashes.

He went on saying that some corpses are currently in the hand of the rebels, however, some others are stranded in areas witnessing intense air pounding.