SYRIA. A Million Displaced Have Returned Home Since the Start of Russian Operations

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Source: / The Dawn / November 18, 2015-. A million displaced Syrians have returned to their homes in the areas liberated of terrorist bombings by Russia, said Syria’s permanent representative to the UN, Bashar Jaafari.

On Monday, at a meeting of the Security Council of the UN, Bashar Jaafari confirmed the readiness of Syria to cooperate “with any State willing to seriously fight against terrorism,” reported.

The diplomat also said that Syria is fighting terrorism ‘in the interest of everyone’. ‘Every time the Syrian army kills a foreign terrorist, dozens of innocent lives that would be in danger if they came home, are saved’, he said, adding that many of those responsible for attacks around the world ‘were among the thousands Europeans that arrived to Syria to participate in jihad’.

According to statements by Jaafari, about one million Syrians were able to return to their homes in areas that were liberated from the control of the Islamic State as a result of the Syria and Russia joint military operation.

According to Bashar Jaafari, ‘the joint operations with Russia against terrorists, and the exchange of intelligence between Syria, Iraq, Iran and Russia’ resulted in a ‘withdrawal of terrorist groups in many areas, allowing the return to home of a million internally displaced Syrians’.

Since September 30, Russia is launching bombings against Islamic State at the request of Syrian President Bashar al Assad. During that time, the Russian air forces have carried out more than a thousand attacks, killing hundreds of fighters and destroying dozens of control centers, warehouses and other terrorists facilities.

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