Trump says U.S. will pull out of nuke agreement with Russia

Hugh Fox
October 21, 2018

The Russian leader says the jihadist army took the hostages, which allegedly include several American and European citizens, during a raid on a village controlled by US-backed forces. The terrorists issued an ultimatum promising to execute 10 people every day, according to Reuters.

TASS news agency reported on Wednesday that IS fighters had taken around 700 hostages in Syria's Deir Ezzor province after attacking a refugee camp in an area controlled by US-backed forces on 13 October.

According to Putin, the promotion of Russian Federation are allowed to "liberate from ISIS about 95% of the territory of Syria", to prevent "the final collapse of the Syrian state and the active implementation of the militants on its territory and in neighboring countries".

"We are skeptical of its accuracy", Pentagon spokesman Cmdr. Sean Robertson told Fox News.

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"We are also unaware of any United States nationals located in that camp", Robertson added.

The Pentagon also rejected Russian allegations that the USA and its coalition allies had failed to stem the threat from IS.

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty was signed in 1987 by then-US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General-Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev in Washington.

"On the contrary, the coalition has liberated more than 99 percent of the territory previously held by ISIS", he said, although he acknowledged there's more work to do in eradicating the terror group.

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

In March, Mr Putin unveiled what he said was a new arsenal of advanced weaponry including nuclear devices immune to enemy interception.

Earlier this month, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Russia's violation of the INF treaty was "untenable" and, unless it changed course, the United States would respond.

The most recent USA intelligence puts the total number of IS fighters at 28,000 to 32,000, roughly split between Iraq and Syria.

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Russian Federation is a key backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has long sought to characterise his brutal crackdown on opposition groups as a fight against jihadists.

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