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Syrian Gov't Completes Removal of Troops From Castello Road Near Aleppo

© Sputnik / Michael Alaeddin Syrian Army servicemen in Aleppo.
Syrian Army servicemen in Aleppo. - Sputnik International
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The Syrian army has fulfilled its obligation under the Russia-US ceasefire deal on pulling its forces from the strategic Castello road near the city of Aleppo, Russian Ambassador to Syria Alexander Kinshchak told Sputnik on Friday.

Syrian government soldiers walk in the damaged al-Farafira souk in the government-held side of Aleppo's historic city centre on September 16, 2016 - Sputnik International
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DAMASCUS (Sputnik) The Castello road is the last remaining access route to Aleppo. According to the ceasefire deal brokered by the United States and Russia, which came into force on September 12, the Syrian army and militant groups agreed to withdraw simultaneously from the Castello road.

"It was hard. We had been discussing it for a long time, but at last they [the Syrian government] agreed. They implemented their part of Geneva agreements relating to the Castello road issue," Kinshchak said.

Syria has been mired in a civil war since 2011. The country's government is fighting a number of opposition forces as well as radical Islamist militant organizations, including Daesh, that has gained control of large swathes of land in the country. Daesh is outlawed in many countries including Russia and the United States.

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