Russian, Syrian troops free almost 20 ISIS captives

Russian, Syrian troops free almost 20 ISIS captives

Syrian troops supported by Russian military officers have freed 19 ISIS hostages, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

"On November 8, 2018, Syrian forces carried out a carefully planned special operation under the guidance of Russian military officers from the Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Sides in Syria, rescuing 19 civilian hostages seized by the ISIS more than three months ago," the statement reads.

The Russian and Syrian troops freed 15 Druze children and four women, who had been seized by ISIS units in Syria’s Suwayda province in this July.

"The freed women and children are receiving the necessary assistance so that they can return to normal life as soon as possible," TASS cited the Russian Center for Reconciliation as saying.