ISIS took 700 hostages, including USA citizens, in Syria: Putin

Leroy Wright
October 20, 2018

"The Islamic State was controlling the camp for three hours and took the people hostage from the camp to inside the ISIS area", he said.

"The aggressor should know that retaliation is inevitable", he told an worldwide policy forum in Sochi.

"Only when we become convinced that there is an incoming attack on the territory of Russian Federation, and that happens within seconds, only after that we would launch a retaliatory strike", he said during a panel discussion at the forum.

The Russian president said the country would only launch a nuclear strike if its early warning systems spot missiles heading toward its territory.

"There were more opportunities in one great, united, powerful state", he said.

The Islamist terrorists have already murdered a number of hostages and warned that they will perform daily executions, the Russian president has said. And since we will be the victims of his aggression, we will be going to heaven as martyrs.

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Putin previous year unveiled "invincible" new weapons that would render Western missile defence systems obsolete.

Putin made the comments at an global policy forum in Sochi.

Putin also criticized what he sees as Russian fear-mongering in the USA, calling it a "convenient instrument for solving internal political problems". I don't know if it happens after the congressional elections, but it might.

The attack on the refugee camp came after an intense clash between ISIS and the USA -backed Syrian Democratic Forces.

At the same time, the Russian president sharply criticized Washington's reliance on sanctions against Russia and others, saying the instrument of punishment "undermines trust in the dollar as a universal payment instrument and the main reserve currency".

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