"At present, ISIL only has 34 bases in Mosul, Raqqa, etc. which were many more in number," Mohammad Ali al-Hakim, Managing-Director of Iraq's al-Nakhil news agency, said.
According to him, the Islamic State may finally be destroyed in the foreseeable future.
"The end of the ISIL which has been borne by the westerners is close," he said.
His remarks came as the Syrian and Iraqi armies continued to deliver heavy blows to the Islamic State militants, which they have been attacking for the past few days.
#SYRIA #FOOTAGE Su-30SM fighters met and escorted Tu-160's which launched cruise missiles over the #Mediterranean pic.twitter.com/8y5moFKh8A— Минобороны России (@mod_russia) 20 ноября 2015
On Thursday, it was reported that ISIL had sustained heavy casualties due to Russia's anti-ISIL airstrikes and its long-range cruise missile attacks from the Mediterranean.
On Saturday, hundreds of Islamic State militants reportedly fled the Syrian city of Raqqa; the Russian fighters and long-range bombers have intensified their airstrikes on the strongholds and command centers of the ISIL militants in recent days.
#SYRIA For our people! For Paris! Pilots and technicians of #Hmeymim airbase sent a message to terrorists by airmail pic.twitter.com/8jviPBsHph— Минобороны России (@mod_russia) 20 ноября 2015
It was also reported that the militants had retreated from the southern areas of Syria's Hasakah province, north of Raqqa amid the ongoing offensive by the Syrian Army, which has been supported by Russian airstrikes.
#SYRIA #FOOTAGE Strategic aircraft with cruise missiles refueled at night https://t.co/TJbwP08RJr pic.twitter.com/qmrI3L05L2— Минобороны России (@mod_russia) 20 ноября 2015
According to al-Mayadeen television, which broadcasts in Arabic, ISIL terrorists are moving their families and heavy weaponry from the city of al-Shadadi in the Southern countryside of Hasakah to Deir Ezzur.
Earlier that day, the Russian upper house of parliament unanimously supported the request of President Vladimir Putin to deploy units of the Russian Aerospace Forces abroad.
Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riad Haddad confirmed that Syrian Army strikes, supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces, were carried out against armed terrorist organizations, not political opposition factions or civilians.