Syria Army gains control over Aleppo's al-Rashedin district
Iran Press TV
Fri Jul 19, 2013 4:32PM
The Syrian Army has gained full control over al-Rashedin District in the northern city of Aleppo following fresh advances in the strategic city.
Syrian soldiers seized al-Rashedin on Friday after fierce fighting with foreign-backed Takfiri militants across Aleppo, where they destroyed a hideout used by militants for rigging vehicles with explosives.
Army units killed a large number of terrorists near al-Ashrafieh, al-Sheikh Maksoud and al-Khalidieh districts and destroyed large caches of weapons and ammunitions used by the militants.
Elsewhere, Syrian troops targeted several militant headquarters in the western city of Homs and the southwestern city of Dara'a, just north of the border with Jordan, killing and wounding a number of them.
Meanwhile, a commander of the notorious al-Nusra Front was killed during infighting between terrorist gangs in Barzeh, near the Syrian capital.
Fierce clashes continue between Kurdish fighters and Takfiri militants who accuse most Islamic sects of being infidels.
The fighting is mostly focused on towns and villages near the flashpoint town of Ras al-Ayn, which was recently seized by Kurdish fighters.
More than 40 people have been killed since the clashes erupted on Tuesday.
Syria has been experiencing deadly unrest since 2011. Many people including large numbers of security and army personnel have been killed in the violence, which has forced millions of others to flee their homes.
Damascus says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.
The Syrian government says the West and its regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey -- are supporting the militants.
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