Russian military declares its goal to defeat IS group in Syria 'accomplished'
AP, Thursday 7 Dec 2017


Russia's defence ministry on Thursday said its mission to oust Islamic State jihadists from Syria has been "accomplished" and the country is "completely liberated" from the group.

"The Russian armed forces' goal to defeat armed groups of ISIL terrorist organisation in Syria has been accomplished," senior military officer Sergei Rudskoi told a briefing, using an alternative acronym for the group.

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