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    Some 250 Tunisian ISIL Fighters Flee From Syria Amid Russian Airstrikes

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    At least 250 Islamic State militants of Tunisian origin have left Syria since the beginning of the Russian military operation, Tunisian Defense Minister Farhat Horchani said in a statement Sunday.

    DAMASCUS (Sputnik) — A Syrian military source said on Monday that over 3,000 militants had left Syria through the border with Jordan for less than a week of the Russian military operation.

    "At least 250 terrorists, who fought with IS [ISIL] in Syria, fled to Libya after the beginning of Russia's air force operation in the SAR [Syrian Arab Republic]," Horchani said as quoted by the Syrian SANA news agency.

    According to Tunisian official estimates, several thousands of the country's citizens fight alongside various terrorist groups in Syria. Dozens of them have been arrested and hundreds were killed in hostilities.

    Russian Aerospace Forces commenced precision airstrikes against terrorist targets in Syria on September 30, following a request from President Bashar Assad.

    Earlier in the day, the Russian Defense Ministry said panic was sweeping ISIL militants amid airstrikes.

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