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

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

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

It remains to be seen whether the Russian Aerospace Forces will continue military operations in the region or would completely draw to a close.

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 USA government.

Syria is fully liberated from terrorists, all units of the Islamic State (IS) terror group (outlawed in Russia) have been destroyed, Chief of Russia's General Staff, General of the Army Valery Gerasimov, said at an annual briefing for foreign defense attaches yesterday.

"Today, there is not a single settlement or district left under IS control".

There has been an "unprecedented" involvement by Russia's airforce in recent days, he said, with warplanes making 100 sorties and staging up to 250 strikes daily. ISIL is an alternative abbreviation for the militant group.

A handout picture taken on June 18, 2016 and provided by the Russian Defense Ministry shows Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (C) visiting Russia's air base in Hmeimim in the Syrian coastal province of Latakia.

Putin said some isolated pockets of resistance could remain in the area.

The jihadist group used to control swathes of the oil-rich province but lost ground after separate offensives by Russian-backed Syrian troops west of the Euphrates and an Arab-Kurdish alliance known as the Syrian Democratic Forces fighting east of the river.

Russian Federation has waged an air campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces since September 2015.

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.

Those strikes have helped Syria regain control over much of the war-ravaged country.

Last month, President Vladimir Putin said efforts to end the war were entering a "new stage" as the focus shifted from military intervention to political reform.

The Syrian conflict began in 2011 and over 340,000 people have been killed.

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