Hundreds of Iraqi Fighters Flocking to Syria to Join Army Operation North of Aleppo
“Some 1,500 Iraqi fighters have joined the Syrian army and are coordinating various aspects of an imminent large-scale operation with the government forces in al-Zahra and Nubl regions in Northwest of Aleppo province,” the sources said.
The sources declined to mention the date of the operation, but it is expected to begin in the coming weeks as the Syrian Armed Forces are strengthening their positions in the Southern parts of the Aleppo province.
The Syrian army and its allies have remarkably advanced against the militant groups in the Eastern, Southeastern, Southern and Southwestern parts of Aleppo province and an operational commander of the Syrian army said “the time is now ripe for carrying out a large-scale operation in the Northern battlefields of the province”.
Earlier reports said that the Syrian Army alongside the National Defense Forces and Hezbollah fighters pushed the militant groups back form more territories in the Southwestern part of Aleppo province and regained full control over the town of Khan Touman on Sunday.
“Khan Touman, the main stronghold of the terrorist group of Jeish al-Fatah in the province, was recaptured minutes ago by the Syrian army and its allies,” the sources said.
“After recapturing of Qarassi village, the Syrian government forces stormed the militant groups near Khan Touman and broke through their defense lines, killed many and forced them to retreat from the town,” the sources added.
“Khan Touman and its nearby farms are under the full control of the Syrian forces,” they said.
At least 81 Jeish al-Fatah militants were killed in the clashes in Khan Touman this morning.
“The Takfiri militant groups also withdrew forces from the Architecture Hill near Khan Touman after leaving behind scores of dead members,” the sources added.
The Militants are now without a primary supply route from the provincial capital of Idlib to Aleppo province as the Syrian government troops have now cut off the Aleppo-Damascus Highway.