The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a quick look at Vladimir Putin’s stunning statement at the Valdai Discussion Club meeting in Sochi, where the Russian President claimed that 700 hostages have been captured in Syria by Islamic State terrorists, including US and European citizens, and are being killed off 10 people a day.
Speaking at the annual Valdai Discussion Club meeting in Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin told those in attendance that ISIS had taken 700 hostages in the US-controlled area of Syria.
Putin said at the annual Valdai Discussion Club meeting in Sochi…
“We now see what is happening on the left bank of the Euphrates River, our colleagues know that. This territory is under the protection of our American partners, they rely there on the Kurdish armed forces. But they obviously did not work it through, members of Daesh remained in several settlements.”
According to the statement made by the Russian President, the 700 hostages captured in Syria by ISIS terrorists include US and European citizens and are being killed off 10 people a day.
ISIS terrorists “have delivered ultimatums and made certain demands, threatening to shoot ten people every day,” Putin said, adding that Daesh already executed ten hostages two days ago.
The Russian President stressed that ISIS had expanded its presence in the US controlled area, taking 130 families hostage, which is nearly 700 people, including US and European nationals.
“They [terrorists] put forward ultimatums and certain demands, and warned that if these ultimatums are not followed up to, they will be gunning down 10 people everyday. The day before yesterday they executed ten people.”
“Our information shows that several citizens of the United States and [some] European countries were also taken hostage [by Daesh].”
ISIS take 700 refugees hostage as US keeps ‘imitating’ fighting terrorists in Syria – MoD https://t.co/H3I113pFzq
— RT (@RT_com) October 15, 2018
“This is just horrible, it is a catastrophe,” Putin said, adding that the US forces that claim to control the area around the east bank of the Euphrates River, relying on the Kurdish armed forces on the ground, stay conspicuously silent on this crisis.
Some US and European citizens are among the hostages,” the president warned, adding that “everyone is silent … as if nothing has happened.”
“They [the US] have clearly fallen short of their target,” Putin said, adding that Washington and its allies apparently failed to combat terrorists in the part of Syria they occupy. Islamic State terrorists continue to expand their presence in the area, he said.
Russian forces dealt a “heavy blow” to terrorists in Syria, eliminating many of them and forcing others to lay down their arms, Putin said. “Over these years, we liberated almost 95 percent of the Syrian Republic’s territory,” the president added.
“We maintained its sovereignty and did not let [the Syrian] state fall apart,” he continued, arguing that Russia’s actions helped “stabilize the situation in the region.”
He also praised Turkey for its efforts in driving terrorists out of northern Syria. “They work and we see it,” he said, adding that the Turkish side “does its best to fulfill its obligations” as he hailed the “effectiveness” of Ankara’s actions.
Putin has called on the world’s nations to “unite their efforts” to combat terrorism effectively. This cooperation has been reduced to some “separate instances of cooperation, which are not enough,” he added.
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