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Russia touts gains in Syrian war

Military says 85% of territory recaptured from Assad’s foes

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Photographs by AP/NATALIYA VASILYEVA

Under the eye of a Syrian soldier, traffic moves Tuesday in what was once a rebel-controlled area of Aleppo, Syria.

Russia's military said Tuesday that Syrian troops have retaken about 85 percent of the territory once controlled by militants, two years after Moscow intervened to lend a hand to its embattled ally.

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A Russian military police officer stands guard Tuesday in the yard of Aleppo’s oldest Umayyad mosque in Syria. + Enlarge

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