MOSCOW, December 5. /TASS/. Syrian troops in 2018 destroyed 23,000 militants in Syria and liberated 387 settlements, Head of the Russian General Staff Valery Gerasimov said on Wednesday at a briefing for foreign military attaches.

According to him, this year, Syrian government troops, who had gained considerable combat experience under the leadership of Russian military advisers, successfully carried out operations to take control of the Eastern Ghouta, Homs and southern de-escalation zones. “At the same time, more than 23,000 militants have been destroyed. 387 settlements have been freed from radical Islamists,” Gerasimov said.

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