RUSSIA SAYS SYRIAN GOVERNMENT DOUBLED TERRITORY IT CONTROLS

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government has increased the size of the territory under its control by 2 ½ times in just two months, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Sunday, as Syrian forces backed by regional allies and the Russian air force seized thousands of square miles (kilometers) from the Islamic State group in the center of the country. Syrian government forces supported by Iranian-organized militias and the Russian air force ha...

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