Syria launches offensive to break ISIL's siege of Aleppo
Iran Press TV
Wed Feb 25, 2015 10:43AM
Syrian army troops have launched a fresh offensive in the countryside of the war-ravaged northern city of Aleppo in a bid to break the siege of several suburban towns that remained under the ISIL Takfiri terrorists' control.
Government forces have reportedly advanced towards the northwest outskirts of the major city in an attempt to break the siege of the towns of Nubel and al-Zahra by the foreign-backed militant group.
This is while the army has also engaged in mop-up operations in a number of villages in the area that have already been liberated from terrorist elements.
In southwestern parts of Aleppo, meanwhile, heavy clashes continue between pro-government forces and the armed insurgents.
Aleppo is at the forefront of battles between Syrian government forces and a variety of foreign-sponsored militants, including the notorious ISIL, the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front and other terrorist factions.
Last week, Syrian troops, backed by fighters from the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, closed in on the two Shia-populated towns in the Aleppo countryside.
Pro-government forces have also blocked the main road connecting Aleppo to the Turkish border, maintaining their control over the road that serves as a vital supply line for the foreign-backed militants.
The escalation of government efforts around the strategic city is mostly aimed at cutting the supply lines of the armed terrorists.
Syria has been grappling with a deadly crisis since March 2011. The violence fueled by Takfiri groups has so far claimed the lives of an estimated 210,000 people, according to reports.
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