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Syrian army forces liberate more regions in Aleppo Province

Iran Press TV

Thu Jan 14, 2016 9:33PM

Syrian forces backed by fighters from popular defense groups have liberated another town in the northwestern province of Aleppo, tightening the noose around the foreign-sponsored terrorists operating in the strategic region.

On Thursday, Syrian army troops and their allied forces established control over the Kurdish-majority town of Tell Aran, which lies in the al-Safira district of the province, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

The Britain-based monitoring group further noted that sporadic exchanges of gunfire could still be heard in the town as Syrian soldiers are purging the area of Takfiri terrorists.

Syrian government forces are now heading towards the city of al-Bab, which is situated about 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the Turkish border and serves as a bastion for members of the Takfiri Daesh militant group. Al-Bab fell into the hands of the terrorists in 2012.

Additionally, Syrian army forces wrested control over Surayb village and surrounding farms in the eastern part of Aleppo Province following fierce battles with Daesh militants.

A large number of Daesh Takfiris were reportedly killed during the mop-up operation, while several others fled to neighboring villages.

Syrian soldiers also stormed the hideouts of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front militants in the Old City of Aleppo, killing or wounding scores of them in the process.

Elsewhere in the western town of Deir al-Fardis, Syrian soldiers established control over the town and are combing the last remaining positions of the Takfiri militants.

Syrian army troops also launched an offensive in the southern town of al-Shaykh Maskin, killing or wounding an unspecified number of terrorists. A vehicle belonging to the militants was also destroyed during the operation.

The conflict in Syria, which flared in March 2011, has claimed the lives of more than 260,000 people and left over one million injured, according to the United Nations.

The world body says 12.2 million people, including more than 5.6 million children, remain in need of humanitarian assistance in Syria. The militancy has also displaced nearly half of the country's population.

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