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| 12 September, 2017

Russian military: Syria govt troops control 85% of Syria- agencies

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad visits a Russian air base at Hmeymim, in western Syria in this handout picture posted on SANA on June 27, 2017, Syria.

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad visits a Russian air base at Hmeymim, in western Syria in this handout picture posted on SANA on June 27, 2017, Syria.

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MOSCOW- Syrian government forces have to date cleared 85 percent of the country's area from militants, Russian news agencies cited Alexander Lapin, the head of the Russian troops' headquarters in Syria, as saying on Tuesday.

Islamic State fighters are still in control of around 27,000 square km of Syria's territory, he said.



(Writing by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Katya Golubkova) ((dmitry.solovyov@thomsonreuters.com;))