Putin orders Russian troop withdrawal from Syria

 Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syrian territory. Putin said Russia and Syria succeeded in reaching the mission of destroying the radical group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), after two years of military operations. As reported by Reuters on Monday (11/12/2017), the announcement of the withdrawal of this force was presented by Putin during a surprise visit to Russia's Hmeymim Air Base in Latakia, Syria on Monday (11/12) .

During this unannounced visit, Putin held talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Putin also spoke with Russian soldiers in Syria.

Russia first launched an airstrike in Syria in September 2015, to intervene in the Syrian conflict that broke out since 2011. This Russian intervention aims to assist the Assad regime that fights against the rebel group also ISIS.

On the other hand, this intervention also increased the influence of Russia in the Middle East region.

In a statement on Monday (11/12) local time, Putin ordered the start of the withdrawal of Russian troops to their permanent bases in Russia.

"The task of fighting armed bandits in Syria, a very important task to be accomplished with the help of massive armed forces, has largely been resolved and resolved spectacularly," Putin said.

"I congratulate you all! " Putin added to Russian soldiers in Syria.

In a statement presented by the Russian presidential palace or the Kremlin, Putin said Russia would continue operating Hmeymim air base and Navy facilities in the Tartous Port of Syria.

(nvc / ita)