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    Russia Versus ISIL in Syria (618)

    Russia has contacted the Canadian authorities over a website that has posted details about Russian pilots involved in counter-terrorism operations in Syria to request the information be removed, the director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Department for New Challenges and Threats said Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A website registered in the Canadian jurisdiction has published details and photographs of Russian pilots taking part in airstrikes on Islamic State (ISIL, or Daesh in Arabic) targets in Syria.

    "We have already requested the relevant authorities in Canada, asking them to remove the information. The Canadian authorities are still considering [the matter]," Ilya Rogachev said at a meeting of the Russian Public Council for International Cooperation and Public Diplomacy.

    Moscow will continue to insist on removing the data, Rogachev said.

    Since September 30, Russia has been conducting an aerial campaign in Syria against the extremist group Daesh, which is outlawed in Russia, following a request from President Bashar Assad.

    Russia Versus ISIL in Syria (618)


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