December 12, 2017

Putin boasts about 'defeated ISIS' in Syria as he discloses 'significant' troop withdrawal

Featuring Nicholas Heras

Source: CNBC

Journalist Jeff Daniels

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday hailed the defeat of ISIS terrorists in Syria during a visit to the war-torn country and also announced plans to withdraw a "significant part" of Russia's troop presence in Syria.

"The fact that we defeated ISIS, one of the main terrorist groups, here in Syria is extremely important for Syria, Russia, and the entire world," Putin said, according to a transcript provided by his office.

Putin's comments about defeating the terrorists and sending troops home may play well to a domestic audience in Russia after the 65-year-old leader confirmed last week that he plans to seek re-election.

Globally, though, Putin conceded that "the threat of terrorism remains high."

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  • Nicholas Heras

    Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. He is also a Senior Analyst at the Jamestown Found...