Putin: Syria Must be Freed from Foreign Military Presence

A fuel storage tank at the Saudi Aramco Shell oil refinery in Jubail Saudi Arabia in this

A fuel storage tank at the Saudi Aramco Shell oil refinery in Jubail Saudi Arabia in this

Turkey may not be able to contain militants from the Islamic State terror group (outlawed in Russia) active in northern Syria while conducting a military operation in the region, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting of the CIS Council of Heads of State, TASS reported.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is planning to announce multi-billion dollar deals with Saudi Arabia and the UAE as he visits both countries next week, Kallanish Energy learns. Now the Turkish army is going in, the Kurds are abandoning these camps.

"I'm not sure whether the Turkish army will be able to take this under control - and how soon", Putin said in televised remarks on a visit to the Turkmen capital Ashgabat.

Referring to the data of the General Staff of Russia, Putin added that now in Syria there are "hundreds of militants". "If we talk about CIS countries, it is a real threat to us all", Putin stressed.

Turkey launched the "Source of Peace" military operation in northeast Syria on October 9.

President Donald Trump has said that the US took "the worst of the worst" Kurdish-held ISIS prisoners into custody, but thousands remain in northeastern Syria.

Trump-who abruptly withdrew USA support for the SDF leaving them open to the subsequent Turkish assault-dismissed concerns about escaped fighters this week. "That's where they want to go, they want to go back to their homes".

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