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Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the Islamic State (IS) group has seized almost 700 hostages in part of Syria controlled by US-backed forces, executing some of them and promising to kill more.

Putin did not specify what the militants' demands were.

The United States is pushing back against claims by Russian President Vladimir Putin that the Islamic State terror group is starting to execute hundreds of hostages in Syria, including US and European nationals.

"Across two administrations, the United States and our allies have attempted to bring Russian Federation back into full and verifiable compliance with INF", a senior administration official told reporters in Washington on October 19.

The Russian state-run TASS news agency on Wednesday quoted an anonymous military source as saying that IS militants had taken around 700 hostages in Syria's Deir-al Zor province after attacking a refugee camp in an area controlled by US-backed forces on October 13.

"Representatives of the Islamic State were left in several localities, and recently they began to expand their area of presence - 130 families were taken there, nearly 700 people, hostages".

"The day before yesterday they executed 10 people".

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Es'haq Al-e-Habib, the Iranian deputy ambassador to the United Nations, said on Wednesday that the US must withdraw from Syria and stop supporting terrorism.

The US-led coalition against the Islamic terrorist group said earlier this year 98 percent of territory once claimed by the ISIS across Iraq and Syria has been recaptured.

Commander Sean Robertson, a Pentagon spokesman, said they have not received any proof of the large number of hostages.

"We are also unaware of any United States nationals located in that camp", he added. Of those, up to about 9,000 are believed to be in areas controlled by Russian Federation, forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iran.

Mr Trump's announcement follows reports that his National Security Adviser John Bolton, an opponent of attempts to limit USA military capabilities, was urging the president to withdraw from the agreement.

Bolton also is expected to emphasize US desire to maintain sanctions against North Korea to pressure Pyongyang to eliminate its nuclear weapons program.

The weapons were given after it was reported Assad aims to increase his regional allies.

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