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World Russian military: Mission accomplished; Islamic State defeated in Syria

19:36  07 december  2017
19:36  07 december  2017 Source:   reuters.com

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  More than 400 U.S. troops leaving Syria: coalition More than 400 U.S. Marines and their artillery are leaving Syria after helping to capture the city of Raqqa from Islamic State, the U.S.-led coalition fighting the militant group said on Thursday. Last month, U.S.-backed militias declared victory in Raqqa, Islamic State’s former headquarters in Syria, after months of fighting with the help of the U.S.-led coalition."With the city liberated and ISIS on the run, the unit has been ordered home. Its replacements have been called off," the coalition said in a statement, using an acronym for Islamic State.

Russia 's military said on Thursday it had accomplished its mission of defeating Islamic State in Syria , and there were no remaining settlements there under

Russia 's military said on Thursday it had accomplished its mission of defeating Islamic State in Syria , and there were no remaining settlements there under the group's control. Russian bombers had used unprecedented force in the final stages to finish off the militant group, a senior Russian .

In this photo made from footage taken from the Russia Defense Ministry's official web site on Nov. 26 shows a Russian Tu-22M3 long-range bomber strikes Islamic State targets in Syria. © Russian Defense Ministry Press Service In this photo made from footage taken from the Russia Defense Ministry's official web site on Nov. 26 shows a Russian Tu-22M3 long-range bomber strikes Islamic State targets in Syria. Russia's military said on Thursday it had accomplished its mission of defeating Islamic State in Syria, and there were no remaining settlements there under the group's control.

Russian bombers had used unprecedented force in the final stages to finish off the militant group, a senior Russian officer said.

"The mission to defeat bandit units of the Islamic State terrorist organization on the territory of Syria, carried out by the armed forces of the Russian Federation, has been accomplished," Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoi, head of the general staff's operations, said on Rossiya 24 TV channel.

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TEXT VERSION OF ARTICLE : Russia ’s military said on Thursday it had accomplished its mission of defeating Islamic State in Syria , and today there are no remaining settlements in the country under Islamic State control. “The final stage of the defeat of the terrorists was accompanied by the

Russia 's military said on Thursday it had accomplished its mission of defeating Islamic State in Syria , and there were no remaining settlements “The mission to defeat bandit units of the Islamic State terrorist organization on the territory of Syria , carried out by the armed forces of the Russian

Syrian government forces were now combing and de-mining areas where Islamic State had had their strongholds, he said.

"The final stage of the defeat of the terrorists was accompanied by the unprecedented deployment and intense combat use of Russia's air force," he said.

The airstrikes included 14 sorties of groups of long-range bombers from Russia made in the past month, he said. Russia's military deployed in Syria would now focus on preserving ceasefires and restoring peaceful life, he said.

Writing by Dmitry Solovyov; editing by Christian Lowe and Richard Balmforth


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