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    In this photo released on Tuesday, Jan 12, 2016, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian government troops and allied militiamen walk inside the key town of Salma in Latakia province, Syria

    Syria's Latakia, Most of Hama, Homs, Damascus Liberated From Terrorists

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    The Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday that Syria's Latakia province, as well as most of Hama, Homs and Damascus are liberated from terrorists.

    Terrorists sustain heavy losses as strikes on ammunition depots, training camps and sources of money have been carried out, the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said.

    "Seven months ago, Daesh and al-Nusra Front terrorists almost daily 'engulfed' Syrian territory, capturing more and more populated areas. Currently, over 500 areas have been liberated from terrorist groups by units of the Syrian army and patriotic opposition," Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

    Syrian government forces and local militia have freed over 500 populated areas from terrorists, Konashenkov said.

    According to him, "it is impossible not to notice" that terrorist groups suffer heavy losses.

    "Latakia is almost completely liberated, most of provinces of Hama, Homs, Damascus and area near Palmyra have been freed. Currently, Syrian troops are fighting near Arak."

    The ministry spokesman added that the liberation of Palmyra has become a strategically important event as Daesh has allowed to cut off Daesh militants fighting in the south-eastern direction from terrorists operating in the north of the country.

    "Of cource, currently, there is no such a carefree movement of terrorists as it used to be before with convoys of hundreds of vehicles [with militants] moving across Syria."

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    Al-Nusra Front, Daesh, Igor Konashenkov, Palmyra, Damascus, Homs, Hama, Syria, Latakia
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