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Syrian army liberates 80 populated localities from militants: Russian General Staff

Photo: Valery Sharifulin/TASS

 

The Syrian army supported by Russian warplanes has liberated 80 populated localities and regained control over a territory of over 500 square kilometres, Valery Gerasimov, the chief of staff of the Russian Armed Forces, reported to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, TASS reports.

“The Syrian army has liberated 80 populated localities for the first time during the four years of military hostilities and has established control over a territory of more than 500 square kilometres,” Gerasimov said.

Russia started a military operation against the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist groups on September 30 this year at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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