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URGENT: ISIL Pulls Forces Back From More Lands Near Aleppo North of Syria

3 February 2016 15:19



The Syrian Army and popular forces, in a rapid joint offensive on Wednesday, surprised the ISIL terrorists and drove them back from their strongholds near two small towns in the Eastern countryside of Aleppo city.

The Syrian army and the National Defense Forces (NDF) continued to advance against the ISIL and won back the small town of As Sin in the Western part of the newly-liberated al-Maksour and the village of al-Uweinat.

Tens of the ISIL combatants were killed or wounded in the pro-government forces’ assault and their military hardware and vehicles were damaged.

In addition to the significant advances of the Syrian government forces’ victories in the Eastern territories of Aleppo, the Syrian army and its allies are engaged in a heavy battle in the Northern and Northwestern parts of the province to remove the militants’ siege on the towns of Nubl and al-Zahra.

Earlier reports said that the Syrian army and their popular allies have reached to the gates of Ma’arasta al-Khan, a small town in the Northwestern part of the newly-liberated Hardatnin and on the main road to al-Zahra and Nubl.

“The Syrian army troops, the NDF, Kata’eb Hezbollah (Iraqi paramilitary) and Harakat al-Nujaba (Iraqi paramilitary) have continued to advance against the militant groups and have now deployed forces at the entrances of Ma’arasta al-Khan following hours of tough battle,” the army said.

“The pro-government forces, meantime, pushed back the militants from the road connecting Ma’arasta al-Khan and Mayer and restored security to the road that is also the a chunk of the main road to al-Zahra and Nubl,” the army said, adding, “The road was one of the supplying lines of the terrorist groups in the region.”

“Very tough battle in underway in the outskirts of Ma’arasta al-Kahn, and the militant groups have suffered a heavy death toll in the Syrian army’s missile shelling and their military hardware meantime has sustained major damage in the attacks,” the army went on to say.

Reliable sources inside the town of Nubl said minutes ago that the town’s popular forces have stormed the militant groups’ defense lines and in a coordinated joint offensive with the NDF have cut off the terrorists’ communication road from Nubl to al-Zahar.

The sources said that the militant groups are trapped between the massive waves of the government forces.

“The Syrian army and the NDF, that had stated to raid the militant groups from the Western side of Hardatnin and had advanced significantly against the militants near Ma’arasta al-Kahn, are now in a united front with the popular forces of Nubl and al-Zahra and are engaged in tough battles near the entrances of Ma’arasta al-Khan,” the army said.

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