Putin orders Russian troop withdrawal from Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syrian territory. Putin said Russia and Syria succeeded in reaching a mission to destroy the radical Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), after two years of military operations.

As quoted on Monday (11/12/2017), announcement of the withdrawal of this troop delivered by Putin on a surprise visit to Hmeymim Air Force owned by Russia in Latakia, Syria on Monday (11/12).

On this surprise visit, Putin held talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Putin also spoke with Russian soldiers in Syria.

Russia first launched an airstrike in Syria in September 2015 to intervene in the Syrian conflict that broke out since 2011. This Russian intervention aims to help the Assad regime fought against rebel groups as well as ISIS.

On the other hand, this intervention also increased the influence of Russia in the Middle East region.

In a statement on Monday (11/12) local time, Putin ordered the start of the withdrawal of Russian troops to their permanent bases in Russia.

“The task of fighting armed bandits in Syria, a very important task to be solved with the help of massive armed forces, has largely been resolved and resolved spectacularly,” Putin said.

“I congratulate you all!” Putin added to the Russian troops in Syria.

In a statement presented by the Russian presidential palace or the Kremlin, Putin said Russia would continue operating Hmeymim air base and Navy facilities in the Tartous Port of Syria.

4 Injured Persons in Manhattan

At least four people were injured in an explosion at Manhattan underground terminal, New York, United States (US). One person arrested in connection with the explosion was also reported to be injured.

“A total of four injuries were reported at the site of the explosion at the Port Authority, all injuries expressed as non-life-threatening,” the New York Fire Department statement said on its Twitter account, as quoted on Monday (11/12/2017). It is not known for sure whether these four wounded were among the men arrested.

Two New York Police sources (NYPD) who understand the situation, ensuring one male man is arrested in connection with this explosion.

Initial information submitted by two US law enforcement sources mentioned, there are indications of a pipe bomb exploded by accident in this incident. It has not been officially confirmed by the New York authorities.

But another New York police source said the captured man might have triggered an explosion and injured himself.

The explosion reportedly occurred on Monday (11/12) morning, at around 07.30 local time, during rush hour. Police reported the explosion occurred at a bus station between 42nd Street and 8th Avenue, Manhattan.

A number of witnesses called the panic had occurred after the explosion hit. People ran after hearing an explosion-like sound. There are screaming and scrambling to get out.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and President Donald Trump are reported to have been briefed on the incident.