Daesh growing, taking hostages in US-controlled parts of Syria: Russian leader
Tehran (KNA) - Russian President Vladimir Putin warns that Daesh is expanding its presence in the Syrian regions controlled by Washington and its allied Kurdish militants, revealing that the Takfiri terror outfit has managed to take hundreds of people hostage in those areas, including the US’s own citizens.
Speaking in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi on Thursday, the Russian leader said Daesh had taken nearly 700 people, including several European and US nationals, captive in areas on the east bank of the Euphrates River, where the US runs military bases.
Daesh has already executed some of the hostages and promised that it would kill off the rest, said Putin, lambasting Washington for staying conspicuously silent on this tragedy “as if nothing has happened.”
This is just horrible, it is a catastrophe,” emphasized the Russian leader.
Putin added that the Takfiri terrorists “have issued ultimatums, specific demands and warned that if these ultimatums are not met, they will execute 10 people every day. The day before yesterday they executed 10 people.” The Russian leader, however, did not specify what the Daesh’s demands were.
The American forces “have clearly fallen short of their target,” which has been declared as eliminating Daesh terrorists in Syria, Putin said.