Mission accomplished, Islamic State defeated in Syria: Russian military Dec 08, 2017 0 43 12345 REUTERSMOSCOWRussia's military said on Thursday it had accomplished its mission of defeating Islamic State in Syria, and there were no remaining settlements there under the group's control.Russian bombers had used unprecedented force in the final stages to finish off the militant group, a senior Russian officer said."The mission to defeat bandit units of the Islamic State terrorist organisation on the territory of Syria, carried out by the armed forces of the Russian Federation, has been accomplished," Colonel-General Sergei Rudskoi, head of the general staff's operations, said on Rossiya 24 TV channel.Syrian government forces were now combing and de-mining areas where Islamic State had had their strongholds, he said."The final stage of the defeat of the terrorists was accompanied by the unprecedented deployment and intense combat use of Russia's air force," he said. The air strikes included 14 sorties of groups of long-range bombers from Russia made in the past month, he said.Russia's military deployed in Syria would now focus on preserving ceasefires and restoring peaceful life, he said. Pages 12 POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES HRW denounces attacks on Sufi shrines in Libya Dec 08, 2017 0 80 Yemen govt retakes Red Sea town from Houthi rebels Dec 08, 2017 0 44 Syrian govt to rejoin talks in Geneva on Sunday Dec 08, 2017 0 49 France's Macron sees Iraq's total 'liberation' from IS this month AFP Doha France's President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that Iraq would announce its total"liberation" from the grip of the Islamic State jihadist group by the end of December. He made the prediction in Doha. .. Libyan mayors meet to shore up their role in restoring peace and unifying people REUTERS TUNIS More than 90 mayors from across Libya's political divides are meeting for the first time in an effort to shore up their role in tackling conflict-linked crises and promote themselves as a unifying .. UN to assess if either side trying to 'sabotage' Syria talks "We shall assess the behaviour of both sides, government and opposition, in Geneva. And based on that we will then decide how this... can be a building up or not, or a sabotage of Geneva." (Reuters) Pro-Kurdish opposition leader's trial opens in Turkey REUTERS ANKARA The jailed leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition was remanded in prison for at least two more months on Thursday at the opening of his trial on terrorism-related charges. Selahattin Demirtas, ..