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    Russia Versus ISIL in Syria (618)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin could well resolve the Syrian issue and destroy Daesh, French politician and former Minister of Vocational Education Jean-Luc Mélenchon told French journalists Lea Salame and Yann Moix, who have tried to accuse Moscow of bombing Syrian opposition instead of the terrorist group.

    "The Russians are the ones who cut off supply routes which Daesh used to smuggle oil into Turkey. I am not the one who is saying this – the Turkish opposition confirmed this. These are the sites that have been bombed. I congratulate the Russians on disrupting these deliveries because this will be the reason for Daesh's defeat," he noted.

    Apparently dissatisfied with Mélenchon's stance on what is happening in Syria, the journalists interrupted the politician claiming that Russia was not targeting Daesh, but so-called moderate opposition. "Ninety percent of airstrikes are not aimed at Daesh, but rebels," Moix suggested.

    "This is not true," Mélenchon retorted. Those, who spread unsubstantiated information regarding Russia's efforts in Syria, are trying "to fool you and throw dust in your eyes to bring you on their side."

    Russia launched a multinational counterterrorism operation in Syria following a formal request from Damascus on September 30, 2015. Moscow has been largely credited with helping the Syrian Arab Army turn the tide of war against Daesh, al-Nusra Front and other radical groups, who are trying to oust President Bashar al-Assad and establish an Islamic caliphate in Syria.

    Damascus-led forces have scored major victories against terrorists in all key provinces and are currently focused on liberating Syria's largest city of Aleppo.

    Russia Versus ISIL in Syria (618)


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