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On Wednesday, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu heaped praise on the country’s armed forces, declaring Russia responsible for the defeat of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) in Syria. Thanks to the Russian operation, more than 133,000 militants have been killed, he claimed.
The IISS is a British think tank based in London. Founded in 1958, it has been accused of being deceptive about the source of some of its funds, and was said to have received £25 million ($32 million) from the Bahraini royal family.
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