Russian Armed Forces Complete Mission to Destroy Daesh in Syria - Gen. Staff

Russian Armed Forces Complete Mission to Destroy Daesh in Syria - Gen. Staff

Russia's Defense Ministry reported on Wednesday that Syria has been completely liberated from Islamic State (IS), a terrorist organization banned in Russian Federation. "The territory of Syria has been completely liberated from this terrorist group".

The senior officer emphasized that to date, not a single settlement or district remains under the terrorist group's control in the country.

There has been an "unprecedented" involvement by Russia's airforce in recent days, Rudskoi added, with jets making 100 sorties and staging up to 250 strikes daily. ISIL is an alternative abbreviation for the militant group. Mentioning the continued existence of isolated hotbeds of resistance, Putin said that on the whole, the Syrian and Russian operation in the area has ended with a complete "routing of the terrorists".

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.

Russia's military mission in Syria's civil war in 2015 began at the official request of Damascus, and turned the tide of the conflict against rebel groups fighting to oust Moscow's ally, the government of Syria led by President Bashar al-Assad.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces on Sunday thanked both the US and Russian Federation for their military support, days after the USA announced it would stop arming the group.

"Its biggest presence is on the eastern side of the Euphrates, where it still holds around eight percent of Deir Ezzor Province", he said.

On Wednesday, Syrian forces supported by Russian Federation air power had swept through the remaining Islamic State territory in the Deir Ezzor region, seizing Abu Kamal and other cities on the west bank of the Euphrates near the Iraq border, Mr Rudskoi said.

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

More than 340,000 people have been killed since the conflict broke out in March 2011 with protests against Assad's rule that sparked a brutal crackdown.

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