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Syrian forces kill over 100 militants around Aleppo

Iran Press TV

Thu Jun 30, 2016 5:23PM

Syrian armed forces have carried out a massive military operation against Takfiri terror groups on the outskirts of the northern city of Aleppo, killing over 100 militants.

The Lebanon-based al-Ahd website said Thursday that Syrian forces launched the offensive to repel sporadic attacks by the militants in the southern countryside of Aleppo, inflicting heavy losses on their ranks.

The report said most of the militants were from the so-called Jaish al-Fath terror group, who were operating in al-Maleh farms south of Aleppo. It added that militants from other Takfiri groups, including from the al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front, also clashed with Syrian forces.

Military sources said Syrian warplanes also pounded hideouts of the militants and managed to destroy scores of vehicles belonging to the terrorists.

For nearly a week, army troops backed by Syrian and Russian warplanes have been battling for control of Maleh.

Government forces are also attempting to cut the Castello Road, a key supply route from the Turkish border to the militant-held eastern suburbs of Aleppo.

Aleppo, Syria's largest city before the start of conflict in 2011, has seen recurrent clashes between government forces and militants over the past months.

The Nusra Front has a heavy presence in the northern and eastern countryside of Aleppo. Militants from Nusra Front and other extremist groups operating in the area reportedly enjoy support from across the Turkish border.

The Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Sides in Syria said last week that Takfiri terrorists had used multiple rocket launchers and mortars to pound populated districts in Aleppo.

Nusra, along with the Daesh Takfiri group, have been excluded from a ceasefire agreement which took effect in February and the subsequent accords for establishing interim regimes of calm in Syria.

The Syrian army has vowed to press ahead with its counter-terror operations and uproot the terrorists in and around Aleppo.

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