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    Syrian Rebels Lose 40% of Previously Held Territory - UN Special Envoy

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    Opposition forces in Syria have lost some 40 percent of the territory they once controlled, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said on Wednesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Earlier this month, the first special operation to evacuate the citizens of eastern Aleppo was held. On Monday, the Russian reconciliation center said that the Syrian army had established complete control over 12 districts of eastern Aleppo, liberating some 40 percent of the region’s territory.

    On Tuesday, the Russian Defense Ministry said that Syrian government forces had freed some 90,000 residents.

    "It is estimated that almost 40 percent of the area previously held by armed opposition groups is now in the hands of the government forces", de Mistura stated.

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    • marcanhalt
      Forty percent as compared to what? Do you have to be a MIT graduate to come up with these numbers? Do the Syrians care about "numbers"? Give us all a break from this kind of nonsense. Or call me in the morning when the last terrorist is dead from stabbing himself in the back. Now THAT can be explained.
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