The UN Security Council votes to extend investigations into who is responsible for chemical weapons attacks in Syria at the United Nations on October 24, 2017. AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY
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Russia cast a veto at the United Nations Security Council Tuesday preventing the renewal of the mandate for a mission that investigates the use of chemical weapons in Syria.Russia has played a main role in propping up the Assad regime and helping government forces capture wide areas from Daesh (ISIS) in northern and central Syria by giving them air cover.Tuesday, Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Daesh now controls only 5 percent of the country's territory after losing major strongholds and key urban areas across Syria, including its self-proclaimed capital, the city of Raqqa.Tuesday, Syria's state news agency SANA said government forces captured several points inside the town of Mehkan just south of Mayadin, the Daesh stronghold that Syrian troops captured earlier this month.
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