The international coalition led by the USA will defeat the terrorists of ISIS in Syria until the end of February 2018, said the President of France Emmanuel macron. He stated that on December 17 in an interview on France 2.
Macron said he believes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad an «enemy of the Syrian people», which should appear before international courts, but at the same time believes that it must conduct a dialogue.
Also, the French President said that the priority for the coalition in Syria is against ISIS, not «crowding out» of Assad’s forces.
The military conflict in Syria lasts since 2011. In the fighting involved government forces, the opposition, radical Islamists, Kurds and the militants of the «Islamic state». In September 2014 operation start against ISIL coalition led by the United States.
In September 2015 to conflict joined Russia. In March 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the withdrawal of the main Russian forces from the country, but the aviation group of the Russian Federation continued to strike blows to positions of forces opposing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
6 December 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin, citing the information of the Minister of defence of Russia Sergey Shoigu said about the full defeat of ISIS in Syria. According to him, ended anti-terrorist operation in the Western and Eastern banks of the Euphrates.
On the same day, the representative of the Ministry of defense Eric Pahon noted that in Syria there are about 3 thousand fighters of the «Islamic state», which are deployed mainly along the Euphrates river South of the city of Deir El-Tzur. He assured that ISIS «has not been completely defeated or destroyed in Syria.» Stay in the country is around 2 thousand us military.
11 Dec Putin during a visit to the Syrian air base Hamim said that he had taken the decision to withdraw from the country «a large part of Russian troops.»
Despite this, the high representative of the European Union for foreign Affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini stressed that the military conflict in Syria cannot be considered complete.
The White house said that the United States is not planning to withdraw its troops from Syria.
Macron hopes that by the end of February 2018 ISIS in Syria will be able to win 18.12.2017