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    First in Over Four Years of War Train Travels in Syria's Aleppo

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    The first train traveled through the restored route in Aleppo on Wednesday, 4.5 years after the railway service in the city had been disrupted, local media reported Wednesday.

    BEIRUT (Sputnik) — According to the Syrian Arab New Agency (SANA), the train went from the Jibrin to the Baghdad station.

    On December 16, the Russian Defense Ministry said that the Syrian army's operation to liberate militants-controlled eastern Aleppo ended, however, several hotbeds of militants' resistance remained.

    On December 22, last militants left eastern Aleppo, thus the Syrian army gained full control over the city. Syrian President Bashar Assad called the liberation of Aleppo a "watershed moment."

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