World Bulletin / News Desk
Russia’s Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov claimed on Wednesday ISIL terrorists have been eliminated from Syria.
Speaking at an annual briefing for foreign defense attaches in Moscow, Gerasimov said: "All ISIL units in Syria have been destroyed, and the territory has been liberated."
He stated that there was “no territories controlled by ISIL in Syria today”, following the liberation of last in Deir ez-Zour.
Gerasimov also noted that Russia was ready to hold dialogue and join the U.S.-led operation against ISIL in Iraq.
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.
Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the fighting and more than 10 million displaced, according to the UN.
Last week, Israeli authorities refused a request to release Attallah from prison
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Separate roadside bombings in both provinces left three civilians dead, say security sources
Mexico rejects claim, calling it 'manifestly false'
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Republican leadership eyes Thursday vote on stopgap bill, but passage is uncertain without Democratic support
The head of the Venezuelan Supreme Court and the chief of the intelligence agency are also blacklisted, diplomatic sources said, making them subject to asset freezes and travel bans.
Army frequently carries out sweeping arrest campaigns in occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem
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