BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – Top Russian officials have promised as part of 2018 New Year’s resolution that the country’s armed forces will exterminate Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists in Syria.

On Tuesday, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia Valery Gerasimov stated, on record, that the goal Russian military forces in Syria for 2018 is to completely eradicate the Al-Nusra Front (officially called Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham since January 2017).

Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham, the Syrian affiliate of Al-Qaeda, is considered now be the most powerful militant faction in Syria following the virtual defeat of the Islamic State (also abbreviated IS, ISIS or ISIL) terrorist group throughout the east of the country.

Much like ISIS, Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham is a Salafist jihadist insurgent group attempting to establish a so-called caliphate throughout the lands it controls in Syria.

Also like ISIS, Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham has been designated as a terrorist organization by major world players including Russia and the United States, in spite of the ongoing objections of some Gulf Arab states who support the group.

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