Putin declares complete victory over Daesh in Syria

Putin declares complete victory over Daesh in Syria

Syria is fully liberated from terrorists, all units of the Islamic State (ISIL/ISIS) 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 on Wednesday. Putin did not specify whether he was referring to the end of military operations in the whole of Syria, or just the areas around the Euphrates valley.

"We need to.move, undoubtedly, on to the next stage: the start of a political process", the Russian president also said.

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.

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Russian Federation launched an air campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces in 2015. It has been driven out of most of its strongholds in the country. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 21 civilians were killed, among them 9 children. Russian Federation has been carrying out air strikes in the province mainly in support of the Syrian army which, alongside allied Shi'ite militias, has been waging its own assault against Islamic State on the western side of the Euphrates.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that the Islamic State group has suffered a "complete defeat" in eastern Syria at the hands of Syrian troops and Kurdish-led forces, both supported by Moscow.

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