A map of who’s in control in Syria, according to Russian state media
Russia's military support for the Syrian regime has been a major source of controversy as the international community continues to call for President Bashar al-Assad's removal. (AFP/File)
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We all know Russian state media is not the most reliable source when it comes to the Syrian conflict.
A map released on state TV shows the extent of the country's bias, as there's very little indicating the Syrian government's in trouble. In fact, this map might lead the audience to conclude there's not much the regime should be worried about at all.
Orange represents Kurdish forces, yellow is opposition and red is Daesh (ISIS). With no color indicating territories President Bashar al-Assad is still in control of, we can only assume that means the government is in blue within the borders.
Of course, that's far from the truth. Here's a more accurate picture of the country, provided by the Institute for United Conflict Analysts.
Neither of the maps mention that a big part of Syria's central areas is just desert. Daesh may look like it has large swaths of territory, but very little of the Syrian population exists out there.
Russian support for the Syrian regime has been a major source of controversy for the international community. It's gotten worse since the Russian airstrikes began earlier this month, since media reports on the air raids said the missiles appeared to target Syrian rebels, not Daesh.
By Hayat Norimine