Russian servicemen supported in the Syrian military operation to free ISIS hostages in the province of Hama on November 8.
“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 ISIL [ISIS] more than three months ago,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on November 9.
According to the statement, the Russian and Syrian troops freed 15 Druze children and four women, who had been captured by ISIS in Suwayda province in July 2018. It added that they “are receiving the necessary assistance so that they can return to normal life as soon as possible.”
Speculations about a possible Russian involvement in the operation appeared immediately after first reports aboout it by the Syrian state-run media. Now, these speculations are officially confirmed.
They come amid reprots that Russian Special Operations Forces troops were deployed in the province of al-Suwayda in order to support the Syrian Army advance on ISIS positions in the al-Safa area. MORE ABOUT THE ADVANCE