The Latest: Putin says IS defeated in eastern Syria
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BEIRUT — The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local):
Russian President Vladimir Putin says the Islamic State group in eastern Syria has suffered a "complete defeat."
Putin, speaking on a visit to Nizhny Novgorod, said Russian
Putin said some isolated pockets of resistance could remain in the area.
The Russian military says it has provided air support to Kurdish forces and local tribes in the oil-rich province of Deir el-Zour in eastern Syria and helped
Russia launched an air campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces in 2015.
Syrian activists say airstrikes have killed at least 12 civilians in an eastern Syrian village held by the Islamic State group.
Deir Ezzor 24 says Tuesday's attack targeted the village of al-Jarthi. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says 21 civilians were killed, among them 9 children. It says Russia carried out the strikes, in support of U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led forces driving to capture IS territory on the Euphrates River.
The extremist group still controls patches of territory in eastern Syria, where it imposes a media blackout.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces on Sunday thanked both the U.S. and Russia for their military support, days after the U.S. announced it would stop arming the group.