September 12, 2017 / 9:32 AM / 2 months ago

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

MOSCOW, Sept 12 (Reuters) - 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

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