Militants’ Guns Fall Silent Across Syria as Army Liberates Aleppo Districts

The Syrian Army’s success in Aleppo makes militants’ guns fall silent across the country, Russia’s reconciliation center said.

HMEYMIM (Sputnik) — Syrian government troops assumed full control of a city on the southwestern outskirts of Damascus and 13 nearby villages in the past 24 hours, the Syria-based Russian reconciliation center said Friday. “Against the backdrop of Syrian army successes in the liberation of eastern districts of Aleppo from armed groups, militants stop fighting in other parts of Syria,” the center said. Syrian pro-government forces stand on top of a building overlooking Aleppo in the city’s Bustan al-Basha neighbourhood on November 28, 2016 © AFP 2016/ GEORGE OURFALIAN Syrian Army Reaches a ‘Turning Point’ in Battle for Aleppo “Since December 1, 2016, the city of Khan Alsheh 15 kilometers [9 miles] from Damascus and 13 surrounding settlements have come under the full control of the Syrian authorities,” it said. Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011, with government forces fighting the Syrian opposition groups striving to overthrow President Bashar Assad. In parallel, Damascus has to counter numerous extremist groups, in particular, Daesh — a terrorist group outlawed in Russia and many other counties.

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