RUSSIA SAYS SYRIAN GOVERNMENT TROOPS CONTROL 85 PERCENT OF COUNTRY
Last Updated: 2017-09-13
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MOSCOW, Russia, Sept 13 (NNN-XINHUA) - Syrian government troops, supported by the Russian air force, are in control of nearly the entire territory of the Middle Eastern country, the Russian Defence Ministry, said.

"As of today, 85 percent of Syria's territory has been freed from illegal armed units. About 27,800 square kilometres of the territory of the republic have yet to be liberated, before Daesh is completely destroyed," a ministry statement quoted Lt. Gen. Alexander Lapin, chief of staff of the Russian Armed Forces group in Syria, as saying.

He said, government troops continued to conduct successful offensive operations along the western bank of the Euphrates River in northeast Syria, clearing Daesh terrorists in the northern and southern quarters of Deir ez-Zor, after breaking a three-year blockade of this city.

After the defences of the terrorists were disrupted, servicemen of the Russian Centre for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties in Syria, delivered more than 10 tonnes of food, medicine and other humanitarian aid, to the inhabitants of the city.

The Syrian armed forces de-blocked a military airfield in the area, where over 1,000 servicemen were surrounded for ten months, Lapin said.

Government forces have also expelled terrorists from a strategically important traffic junction, in Akerbat, in Hama province, in western Syria, which was transformed by the militants into a powerful fortified area, he said.

Lapin said that all the remaining routes for supply of ammunition and equipment to terrorists were blocked and the terrorists continued to resist despite heavy losses.

"The operation to destroy the militants and the Nusra Front terrorist groups in Syria, will continue until their complete extermination," Lapin said.-- NNN-XINHUA