A Russian peacekeeping contingent deployed this week to Nagorno-Karabakh set up checkpoints and positions in the region s administrative centre Stepanakert.
He said he would soon be announcing the recapture of "100 per cent of the caliphate" once claimed by the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.
WASHINGTON: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned Thursday, after President Donald Trump ordered a complete troop pullout from Syria and a significant withdrawal from Afghanistan. Trump steadfastly defended his sudden push for retrenchment, vowing that the United States would no longer be the "policeman of the Middle East" and saying the 2,000-strong US force in Syria was no longer needed as the Islamic State group had been defeated. Mattis, a battle-hardened retired four-star general seen as a moderating force on…