Regime forces inspect a destroyed bridge on the southwestern outskirts of Deir al-Zor.
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Syria's President Bashar Assad appears to be winning the war against those who sought his overthrow, but he will be presiding over a ruined country with an economy in tatters.However, the opposition's demand for Assad's ouster looks increasingly unrealistic, as his regime finds itself in perhaps its strongest position since the eruption of the conflict in 2011 .That leaves the government in control of half of Syria's territory and two-thirds of its population, more than any other side in the complex war.Kurdish-led forces hold around 23 percent of its territory and Daesh 15 percent, according to geographer and Syria expert Fabrice Balanche.Assad's regime will also need to pick up the pieces in a country that has been ravaged by six years of brutal conflict that have left more than 460,000 people dead, millions displaced and public infrastructure across much of the country in ruins.According to the World Bank, the conflict has cost the Syrian economy some $226 billion – about four times the country's gross domestic product in 2010 .
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