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    Syria Refugees Praise Russian Airstrikes, Consider Returning

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    Syrian refugees have supported Russian airstrikes, and may already be returning as the prospects for peace in Syria grow with Russia's aerial operation.

    Syrian refugees have welcomed Russian airstrikes, and some may even be returning from abroad as the Syrian army advances alongside the Russian air operation.

    Syria's Grand Mufti Ahmad Badreddin Hassoun previously said that over 800,000 refugees have returned since Russian airstrikes against terrorist targets in Syria began on September 30th. The operation has also given refugees from the conflict hope that peace would return, according to interviews AP conducted around the Aleppo province, a hub for refugees leaving Syria.

    "I hope that with Russian pilots’ help, our military will advance and defeat terrorists so that we could return to our homes," one refugee told AP.

    Hundreds of thousands of refugees have entered Europe in the past several months, many of them fleeing the Syrian conflict, particularly violence by the Islamic State terrorist group.

    Russian Aerospace Forces have carried out over 830 strikes, killing several hundred militants and destroying dozens of command centers and depots used by the terrorists.

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    • jas
      Good. Your country needs you to have children and rebuild. That will be a great defeat for the US, to have Syrians return because they feel safer with Russian involvement. And the Syrian Army is a great army. any military is legendary to withstand what the Syrian Army have fought since 2011.
    • cmat.wolfgangin reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas,
      yes, those people are needed at home to defend their Country,
      otherwise it will be part of Turkey or a greater Israel.
      And, yes, why not have a good live at home as a ruler compared to
      a live as a not well respected Nobody in a foreign country.
    • yes,ur home even after war better,than racist eu
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