Syrian Pro-Gov’t Forces Start Retaking Khan Touman from Terrorists
“The operations to liberate Khan Touman have not started yet and we only planned to seize and destroy a number of blocks in the Eastern parts of the town by planting bombs and the mission was accomplished during the last night operations,” a field source told FNA on Thursday.
The source said that destruction of the blocks facilitated monitoring the terrorists’ moves in the Eastern parts of Khan Touman for the Syrian forces.
The terrorists used the dense blocks to ambush the Syrian army and its allies in Eastern Khan Touman, the source added.
The Syrian army and popular forces continued their attacks on Aleppo’s Khan Touman on Wednesday, killing several Saudi Takfiri terrorists.
At least 8 Saudi terrorists were killed in the Syrian army attack on their vehicle in Khan Touman.
Meantime, two DshK-equipped military pick-ups of the terrorists were destroyed in Syrian army’s offensive.
Terrorists’ military positions in Khan Touman are still under the Syrian air force’s heavy bombardments.
The terrorists were members of Al-Nusra Front and al-Hezb al-Islami Turkistani terrorist groups.
On Tuesday, the Syrian army’s Bombers carried out over 90 combat sorties over the terrorist groups’ strongholds in Khan Touman battlefield in the Southern part of Aleppo province, inflicting a heavy death toll on the militants.
“At least 100 terrorists have been killed and many more have been wounded in the Syrian fighter jets’ strikes in Khan Touman battlefield,” the sources said, adding, “Jeish al-Fatah’s casualties have reached to 500 in the recent days.”
Military sources announced on Monday that at least 400 terrorists were killed or wounded in the pro-government forces’ offensives in the Southern part of Aleppo province in the last days.
“The entire anti-terrorism movements and offensives of the Syrian army and its allies are based on military logic and are not based on any emotional decisions, that is why the government forces are carrying out their operations in Khan Touman battlefield step by step,” the sources told FNA, adding, “The most important matter is that the Syrian military forces have been capable of changing their positions in Khan Touman from defensive to offensive.”
“The Syrian soldiers have prevented Jeish al-Fatah, al-Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham from moving towards al-Zarbeh and the neighborhoods of Rashedeen 4 and 5 from the Western and Northeastern sides of Khan Touman,” they added.
“At least three tanks and several vehicles of the terrorist groups have been destroyed in the past two-three days and the Takfiri terrorists’ centers in Kahn Touman, al-Zarbeh, Damascus-Aleppo highway, al-Eis and Rashedeen 4 have been heavily bombed by the Russian and Syrian fighter jets,” the sources went on to say.
“In the meantime, the Syrian army’s artillery, missile and mortar units have been pounding the terrorists’ position in Khan Touman battlefield to weaken the defensive abilities of the militants and pave the group for safer and easier ground operation,” they added.
“The Syrian army tracked and targeted a US-made TOW anti-tank missiles launching-pad near Khan Touman, which ended in the destruction of the site and the killing of the entire militants in the site,” the source said.
The Al-Nusra and units of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) claim to have taken back Khan Touman, but government forces say they are still in charge of key centers and blocks in the town.
The Syrian army alongside the National Defense Forces and Hezbollah fighters regained full control over the town of Khan Touman in December. Ever since then the city has fallen back to the terrorists twice, with the second time being this weekend.
Following an unsuccessful truce that was repeatedly violated by the terrorist groups, the Al-Nusra Front – the Syria arm of the Al-Qaeda terrorist group – could relocate some 20,000 terrorists to Northern Aleppo via Turkey’s soil to launch a large-scale attack on pro-government positions in several key cities in Aleppo province, including Khan Touman in the Southwest.