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Kurdish fighters retake strategic hill in surprise attack in Aleppo

3 March 2016 7:25

Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) coalition, which includes Kurds, Arabs and Syriac Christians

A coalition of mostly Kurdish and Syrian forces has recaptured a strategic region from Takfiri terrorists in Syria’s northwestern province of Aleppo.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) retook Castello hill, which overlooks a major road in Aleppo, from the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front during their operation on Wednesday.

According to Syrian state media, the liberation of the hill effectively severs terrorist supply lines between Aleppo’s eastern and southern regions.

SDF and Syrian army forces are currently engaged in a major operation aimed at liberating the militant-held town of Aleppo and are successfully regaining grounds from the terrorists.

The surprise attack came on the fifth-day of a US-Russia brokered ceasefire that came into force on February 27. As the truce does not include Daesh and al-Nusra terrorists it will not undermined by the assault.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. According to a February report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the country’s pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.

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