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Fighting in Aleppo makes headlines in Tehran

Conservative news outlets in Iran celebrate victories of the Syrian army in Aleppo.
Supporters of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad carry their national flags as they celebrate what they say is the Syrian army's victory against the rebels, in Aleppo, Syria December 12, 2016. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki - RTX2UQKE

The Syrian army operation to retake the last opposition-controlled eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo received full coverage by Iranian media in recent days. Most conservative and official outlets in Tehran showed their support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in covering the news.

Iran's Press TV reported Dec. 12 that the residents of Aleppo took to the streets to “celebrate the official announcement of the city’s full liberation.” On its website, Press TV posted videos of Syrian people showing the "V" sign, waving flags and dancing in the streets. The semi-official Fars News Agency on Dec. 13 quoted anonymous sources “from the ground” saying “only 2% of eastern neighborhoods have not been freed yet” in Aleppo.

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