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Syria forces record new gains against militants

Iran Press TV

Mon Dec 21, 2015 2:40PM

Syrian military and allied volunteer fighters have made fresh gains against militants in the north and west of the country.

Syrian media said on Monday that the allied forces managed to take control of more sections of a strategic highway in the northern Aleppo Province after they pushed back terrorists from al-Khalidiyah district a day earlier.

The Syrian Air Force also carried out sorties against the positions of Daesh militants in Sharb'a in the northern countryside of Aleppo, inflicting heavy losses on the ranks and weaponry of the militants in the area.

The Lebanese channel al-Mayadin said that Syrian forces are currently in full control of over at least 70 percent of Aleppo's southern countryside, adding that the recent liberation of strategic areas such as Khan Tuman and al-Ajami regions has greatly boosted the morale of the Syrian forces.

Gains were also reported in the neighboring Latakia Province, where pro-government forces managed to seize control of Kubair, a key rural town near the border with Turkey, further consolidating their position against militant groups based in mountains in the region.

Syria's al-Ekhbariyah channel said the engineering units of the Syrian army are currently demining Kubair, which is located northeast of Latakia.

Further to the southwest, Syrian forces, backed by Russian fighter jets, launched an offensive against the positions of militants based north of the city of Hama, with reports saying that at least 10 members of a major terror group identified as Faylaq al-Sham were killed in the operation.

Since March 2011, Syria has been beset by foreign-backed militancy, which has so far claimed the lives of over 250,000 people and displaced millions of others.

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