Information Warfare · Russia

Sputnik: Russian Strikes Kill 35,000 Terrorists, 204 Commanders in Syria in 2 Years

Russian media reports are notoriously inaccurate, their body count is usually hyper-inflated, and reliably unreliable.

Additionally, seldom do the Russians send a team to investigate the post-strike damage,  their body count is often simply invented. 

Another Russian technique used with body counts is an incredibly accurate number is used, which is not the case now. 35,000.  One must wonder, why not an exact number?  Is the number rounded up or down? Is there a spreadsheet for how the numbers were compiled? 

How are “terrorists” differentiated from women, children, and the elderly? Is it a body or do they have to have a rifle, a weapon, an explosive, or a uniform?  Do terrorists carry a special ID card?  A special tattoo?  

Apologies, dear reader, but after decades spent reading Soviet, then Russian reports, I mentally interpret them as inflated by a factor of ten. The Russians historically indiscriminately count all bodies as the enemy.  Even babies.

One must also wonder why is this report being published now?  Is Russia having to suddenly justify their actions? 

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Deputy Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Department on New Challenges and Threats Dmitry Feoktistov said that Russian counterterrorism strikes in Syria have eliminated some 35,000 terrorists and 204 field commanders.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Russian counterterrorism strikes in Syria have eliminated some 35,000 terrorists and 204 field commanders since September 2015, Deputy Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Department on New Challenges and Threats Dmitry Feoktistov said in text of a speech prepared for delivery.

“Since the beginning of the counterterrorist operation against ISIL [Daesh] and other terrorist groups in Syria in September 2015, the Russian Aerospace Forces have made over 19,000 sorties launching 17,000 strikes on terrorists’ infrastructure, eliminating…35,000 terrorists, including 204 field commanders,” Feoktistov noted in the text.