BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:50 P.M.) – The so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS) has taken as many as 700 people hostage in eastern Syria, Russia Today reported two days ago.
ISIS has vowed to shoot ten people a day if the United States and their allies do not meet their demands in eastern Syria.
Daesh terrorists “have delivered ultimatums and made certain demands, threatening … to shoot ten people every day,” the Russian leader stated, adding that the hostage-takers already started carrying out their threats and executed ten hostages two days ago, RT reported.
Of the 700 people taken hostage by the Islamic State, several are citizens of the United States and Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.
Putin has criticized the U.S. forces in eastern Syria for allowing the Islamic State to kidnap 700 people; he called this action a “catastrophic failure” for Washington.
“This is just horrible, it is a catastrophe,” Putin said, adding that the US forces that claim to control the area around the East bank of the Euphrates River, relying on the Kurdish armed forces on the ground, stay conspicuously silent on this crisis.
“Some US and European citizens are among the hostages,” the president warned, noting that “everyone is silent … as if nothing has happened”.
“They [the US] have clearly fallen short of their target,” Putin said, adding that Washington and its allies apparently failed to combat terrorists in the part of Syria they occupy.
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