ISIS Claims Capture of Two Russian Soldiers in Syria

The Islamic State militant group (ISIS) claimed the capture of two Russian soldiers in its last major Syrian stronghold on Thursday.

The radical Islamist group announced via its Amaq News Agency that it captured the Russian troops in the village of Ash Sholah, located in the countryside of the eastern Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor.

Russia denied the claim through a representative of its main base in Hmeymim, Syria, located in the country’s western province of Latakia, the heartland of loyalists to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“All servicemen of the Russian armed forces staying in the Syrian Arab Republic are safe and in a good condition and are performing the designated tasks,” the unidentified spokesperson said, according to Russian news agency Tass

“There were no reports of incidents connected with capture or losses among servicemen of the Russian armed forces in the Deir ez-Zor governorate and other Syrian areas.”

Russia is waging an offensive against ISIS in Deir ez-Zor province in support of Syrian government forces.

If confirmed, it would be the first time that a Russian soldier has been kidnapped by ISIS militants.

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Russian soldiers stand guard in a central street in Syria’s eastern city of Deir ez-Zor. The Islamic State militant group (ISIS) claimed the capture of two Russian soldiers in its last major Syrian stronghold on Thursday. Dominique Derda/AFP/Getty

It comes after one of Russia’s top generals in Syria was killed in an attack by ISIS earlier this week, with Moscow blaming the U.S. for his death.

The Russian Defense Ministry said late Sunday that Lieutenant General Valery Asapov “was at a command post of Syrian troops, assisting the Syrian commanders in the operation for the liberation of the city of Deir ez-Zor.” Tass reported that Asapov was killed “as a result of a mortar shelling by ISIS.” 

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