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China cooperates with Russia and US in fight against terrorism in Syria — deputy FM

December 08, 2015, 12:26 UTC+3 BEIJING

Comprehensive cooperation with US and Russia has been established

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BEIJING, December 8. /TASS/. China is cooperating with both Russia and the United States in the fight against international terrorism in Syria, Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Chen Gopin said on Tuesday.

"Talking about the fight against the Islamic State (terrorist organization) in Syria, several countries are coordinating their efforts in the fight against this terrorist organization," the diplomat said adding that the sides "managed to reach progress in this."

"Concerning China’s participation in coordinating international efforts on fighting against international terrorism, China is also involved in this process. Comprehensive cooperation with US and Russia has been established," the deputy foreign minister noted.

Islamic State extremist organization

The Islamic State is an extremist organization banned in Russia. In 2013-2014, it called itself the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). In June 2014, IS announce the establishment of the "Islamic caliphate" on the territories seized in Iraq and Syria. According to US’ Central Intelligence Agency, the extremist group includes around 30,000 people, while Iraqi authorities claim there are around 200,000 in IS. Among members of the group are citizens of 80 countries, including France, Great Britain, Germany, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, US, Canada, as well as Russia and other CIS countries. According to reports, militants now control around 40% of the Iraqi territory and 50% of the Syrian territory.

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