Russian Federation says goal of defeating IS in Syria 'accomplished'

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

"Two hours ago, the (Russian) defense minister reported to me that the operations on the eastern and western banks of the Euphrates have been completed with the total rout of the terrorists", Putin said.

At the same time, special forces were on the ground directing planes and "destroying the most odious leaders of militant groups behind enemy lines", he said.

According to Rudskoy, the use of Russian warplanes, including strategic bombers, in the final stage of the Syrian liberation was "unprecedented". The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 21 civilians were killed, among them 9 children.

The combined forces of Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad have completely wiped out the Islamic State in Syria, the defence ministry has said.

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Egeland spoke to reporters in Geneva on Thursday, where a delegation of the Syrian opposition is awaiting the government to resume United Nations -brokered talks.

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

Russia's military has announced it has defeated Islamic State group in Syria, affirming that the terrorist group has lost its remaining areas in the country.

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.

"With the liquidation of armed bands of the ISIL terrorist group in Syria, the Russian contingent will concentrate its main efforts on providing aid to the Syrian people in rebuilding peace" and ensuring that ceasefire commitments are met, he said.

Putin had said in November that Russian Federation would start focusing on political reform as part of a "new stage" in the conflict.

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