Some 88,000 Takfiri Terrorists Killed in Russian Airstrikes in Syria in 3 Years, Says Russian Defense Minister

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu says almost 88,000 foreign-sponsored Takfiri terrorists have been killed in Syria ever since Moscow launched its counter-terrorism airstrikes against militant redoubts in the Arab country more than three years ago, according to Press T.V.

 “Over the course of the operation, a total of more than 87,500 militants have been eliminated, and 1,411 settlements in addition to more than 95 percent of Syria's territory have been liberated,” Shoigu said at the fifth council of defense ministers of ASEAN member states and their dialogue partners in Singapore on Saturday.

Putin Says Daesh Took 700 Hostages in US-Controlled Syrian Area, Executed Ten of Them

No one knows what's going on the left bank of the Euphrates, which is under the protection of the United States, some Daesh militants maintain their presence there, President Vladimir Putin said, adding that they had seized nearly 700 hostages, including US and European nationals, in part of Syria controlled by US-backed forces, Sputnik reported.

"There are many problems in the area. We now see what is happening on the left bank of the Euphrates, our colleagues know that. This territory is under the protection of our American partners, they rely there on the Kurdish armed forces. But they obviously did not work it through, members of Daesh remained in several settlements,” Putin said at the annual Valdai Discussion Club meeting in Sochi, Sputnik said.

Ryabkov: US Plans to Impose Sanctions on Participant States in Syria’s Reconstruction ‘Sabotage Act’

MOSCOW- Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Washington’s plans to impose sanctions on the countries participating in the reconstruction process in Syria are “an act of sabotage," according to SANA.

Ria Novosti quoted Ryabkov as saying on Wednesday that the essence of the US policy is still the same, represented by impeding the work of the legitimate government in Syria and the countries that are fighting ‘in deeds not words’ the terrorist threat in the country.

Zakharova: Jabhat al-Nusra Terrorists Refuse to Leave Demilitarized Zone in Idleb

MOSCOW– Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Wednesday stated that Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists refused to withdraw from the demilitarized area in Idleb, according to SANA.

Zakharova, at a press conference in Moscow, pointed out that Sochi agreement provides for the withdrawal of all terrorist groups from the demilitarized area in Idleb by 15th of October, adding that some militants left the area after the pull out of their heavy weaponry but terrorists affiliated to Tahrir al-Sham (Jabhat al-Nusra) refused to take similar steps and provoked several terrorist groups affiliated to al-Qaeda not to obey.

De Mistura to Step Down at End of November after 4 Years in Role

UNITED NATIONS- United Nations Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura told the Security Council on Wednesday that he plans to step down at the end of November after more than four years in the role.

The diplomat cited personal reasons for his decision, Reuters reports, according to RT.

He is the third person to hold the job during more than seven years of crisis in Syria.

At Least 19 People Killed, Scores Injured in Crimean College Attack

An attack, which involved a blast and a shooting spree, rocked Crimea's Kerch Polytechnic College, killing at least 19 individuals. According to the head of the region, Sergey Aksyonov, the culprit for the blast was a college student, who later committed suicide, according to Itar Tass.

What happened

On October 17, an explosion occurred in the Kerch Polytechnic College. According to the latest reports the blast killed 19 and injured more than 50 others. Initially, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation opened a criminal case over an act of terrorism. Specialists have found an explosive device in the college and are now studying it, according National Anti-Terror Committee.

Putin: Reconstruction and Intensive Work to Help Displaced Syrians Return Home Main Tasks in Syria Now

SOCHI- Reconstruction and intensive work to help displaced Syrians return home are the main tasks in Syria now, Russian President Vladimir Putin has stressed.

Following talks with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Sochi on Wednesday, Putin said that he and al-Sisi agreed to continue coordination on the political process in Syria, pointing out that the main tasks now are reconstruction, helping the displaced Syrians return home and forming a committee to discuss the constitution, the Syrian News Agency SANA reported.

Russia Wants White Helmets Be Removed From Syria 'as Soon as Possible': Nebenzia

Damascus and Moscow stress that the White Helmets have staged several provocations involving chemical weapons to influence public opinion and justify foreign intervention in Syria.

Russia wants the White Helmets to be taken away from Syria as quickly as possible, Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia said during a session of the UN Security Council on Wednesday, according to Sputnik.