Russia: Syria now 'liberated' from 'Islamic State'

Cheryl Sanders
December 8, 2017

"Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu had informed President Putin about that", Gerasimov said.

Russia's defense ministry said on Thursday that the "Islamic State" (IS) group has been eradicated in Syria, a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin said the group had suffered a "complete defeat" in the country.

Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi said Thursday that forces have routed IS east of the Euphrates River and re-established control over Syria's border with Iraq.

Now, after the Pentagon's official report exceeded the DMDC estimate, Manning said troop removals from Syria will proceed on a "conditions-based" assessment conducted by the US government.

The officer revealed that the final stage of the operation to free Syria from the jihadists involved the concentrated use of the Russian Aerospace Forces, including long-range aviation, with Russian aircraft carrying out a hundred or more sorties daily and upwards of 250 individual air strikes.

"To win territorially against Daesh is one thing", de Mistura said, using an Arabic acronym for the group.

Egeland spoke to reporters in Geneva on Thursday, where a delegation of the Syrian opposition is awaiting the government to resume United Nations -brokered talks.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights' head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP that IS fighters did indeed appear to have been cleared from the western side of the Euphrates River, which bisects Syria's eastern Deir Ezzor province.

Though its self-styled caliphate has now collapsed, IS also has a presence in eastern parts of the central provinces of Homs and Hama, and in the Yarmuk Palestinian camp near Damascus.

Smoke billows from the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zour during an operation by Syrian government forces against Islamic State (IS) group jihadists on November 2, 2017.

Russian Federation has waged an air campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces since September 2015. Those strikes have helped Assad regain control over much of war-ravaged Syria.

The Syrian troops are now demining the settlements previously occupied by IS terrorists.

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