The central Syria has been almost liberated from terrorists, while Aleppo Province is already free from them, Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi, the chief of the Russian General Staff’s Main Operational Directorate, said.

“The liberation of the central part of Syria from terrorists is nearing its end,” he said.

Rudskoi specified that Aleppo Province has already been completely liberated.

“There have been serious changes in Syria over the past month. The Syrian government troops with the support of the Russian Aerospace Forces achieved serious successes and brought substantial losses to a large group of Daesh in central Syria. The Aleppo province has been fully liberated from terrorists.”

The Syrian city of Akerbat in the west-central province of Hama will soon be liberated from Daesh as government forces advance their offensive, Rudskoi said.

“A large group of Daesh terrorists is surrounded in the area of the city of Akerbat as a result of a government troops strike along convergent directions on Sawwanat,” he elaborated.

Rudskoi said efforts to close the encirclement are underway, predicting that “the city of Akerbat will be liberated in the near future.”

Russia has been assisting Damascus in its fight against terrorists since September 30, 2015, at the request of President Bashar Assad.

Earlier in the day, the Russian Defense Ministry reported its aircraft had crushed a Daesh convoy heading toward Deir ez-Zor.

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