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    Civilians walk in the rain past a damaged building in the rebel-controlled area of Maaret al-Numan town in Idlib province, Syria October 28, 2015

    Syrian Field Commander Refutes Reports of 400 People Kidnapped by Daesh

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    A Syrian field commander said that the reports on kidnappings of civilians from the village near the city of Deir al-Zor in eastern Syria are untrue.

    DAMASCUS (Sputnik) – A Syrian field commander on Sunday refuted earlier reports claiming that Islamic State (ISIL) also known as Daesh jihadist group had abducted some 400 people near the city of Deir al-Zor in eastern Syria, in a comment to Sputnik.

    Earlier in the day, Al Mayadeen TV channel said that Daesh militants killed 280 people in the village of al-Bughailiyeh near Deir al-Zor. According to other reports, the jihadists kidnapped over 400 civilians, including women and children, from the village following the mass killings.

    "The reports on kidnappings of civilians from the village are untrue," the field commander said.

    Since 2014, Daesh militants have seized vast areas in Syria, as well as Iraq, and have declared a caliphate under the rule of Sharia law in territories they control. The group has forced thousands of people, mostly religious minorities including Christians, Yazidis and Shia Muslims, to flee their homes.

    Since late September, Russia has been conducting an aerial campaign in Syria against the Daesh extremist group, which is outlawed in Russia, following a request from President Bashar Assad.


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    • FlorianGeyer
      Is this more black propaganda by the US to justify an invasion of Syria from Turkey?
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      I'm interesting in the story about 280 dying. ISIL could be spreading rumors to appear to be on the offensive when they aren't.
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      in reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, I have been saying that this is all sus. There are vested interests on all sides.
    • Blackie
      Falsehood often goes farther than the truth .
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      michaelin reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, good point
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      michaelin reply toBlackie(Show commentHide comment)
      Blackie , it's also cheaper. :)
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      Prepare air transport for Syrian military. Go get them for real. Cut them off and make their life impossible. Show them what Russia do to terrorists.
      Without showing off. Just keep going and going and going. All new held territory MUST be barricaded at some point. Best by villages ... Residents can stand watch. Inconvenient, but people live more secure from this cancer. Feels like NATO and U.S. That caused that mess.
      Mr Putin was right. When he said " do you realize what you brought upon us?"... Not " Do you realize what you done"....
      Russian news need real translators. West have them on their budget. And west media cut messages of other countries for propaganda. Obamistas inside west media, do U.S State Dept propaganda.
    • Mother Gorillain reply toBlackie(Show commentHide comment)
      Blackie , what's your sense? My feeling is that there were kidnappings, but that the Syrians don't want to lose face! Let's hope they get far enough with it to get the people back and not be bombed!
    • Blackiein reply toMother Gorilla(Show commentHide comment)
      Mother Gorilla,
      We seem to be the only ones sick of this Al-Queada scam, of rape murder and lies.
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