Bashar Jaafari, the Syrian ambassador to the United Nations, told the UN Security Council on Monday that around 1 million once-displaced Syrians have returned home so far after Russian air strikes cleared pathways for Assad’s Syrian army to liberate residential territory from the clutches of ISIS.
According to RT, Jaafari said, “This is precisely what happens when it comes to Syrian-Russian collaborative military action against terrorists and exchange of intelligence between Syria, Iraq, Iran and Russia. This has practically resulted in terrorist groups’ retreat from [their positions in] many areas, which allowed 1 million internally displaced persons to return safely to their homes.”
Russia’s air strikes against ISIS began on Sept. 30.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said while commenting on the Russian airliner that is believed to have been destroyed by ISIS, “Our air force’s military work in Syria must not simply be continued. It must be intensified in such a way that the criminals understand that retribution is inevitable.”
Jaafari argued that the international community benefits from cooperating with Syria’s government in defeating terrorist groups in the region. “Every time the Syrian army engages a foreign terrorist, it saves dozens of innocent lives who might be threatened whenever [the foreign terrorist] returns home,” he said, referring to international terrorists and mercenaries who have flooded into Syria to join the ranks of ISIS and other terror groups.
A July 2015 UN High Commissioner for Refugees report cited the number of internationally-displaced Syrian refugees at just over 4 million and the number who have been displaced within Syria’s borders at 7.6 million.
Earlier this year, Ben Swann released a Truth in Media video exposing how U.S. foreign policy missteps contributed to the rise of ISIS. Watch it in the below-embedded video player.