Daesh took 700 hostages in Syria, including foreigners, Putin says

Elias Hubbard
October 19, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin said "Islamic State" (IS) militants had seized nearly 700 hostages in a part of Syria controlled by US-backed forces.

ISIS fighters attacked the refugee camp in Syria's Deir-al Zor province last week, and kidnapped some 130 families, including several US and European nationals.

The terrorists issued an ultimatum promising to execute 10 people every day, according to Reuters.

Speaking at the Valdai International Discussion Club in the coastal city of Sochi, Putin said Moscow sees the work Turkey puts into the region.

Putin said: "Not all the heavy weapons have been withdrawn, not all the militants have left the territory, but Turkish partners are doing everything to fulfill their obligations".

Mr Putin said threats have been made against the lives of the hostages, which include several USA and European nationals.

"Only when we become convinced that there is an incoming attack on the territory of Russian Federation, and that happens within seconds, only after that we would launch a retaliatory strike", he said during a panel discussion at the forum.

The Islamist terrorists have already murdered a number of hostages, and have warned of daily executions to come, the Russian President said.

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Islamic State militants had seized almost 700 hostages in part of Syria controlled by US -backed forces and had executed some of them and promised to kill more.

"We are also unaware of any USA nationals located in that camp", Robertson added.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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