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Syrian forces, militants bolster ranks before battle of Aleppo

9 August 2016 9:56

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Syrian government troops and militants besieged in Aleppo are bracing for a final battle to gain control of the city, says a UK-based monitoring group.

“Both sides are amassing their fighters in preparation for the great battle of Aleppo,” said the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdel Rahman on Monday.


A militant reloads the magazine of his weapon during clashes with government forces on the southwestern edges of Syria’s northern city of Aleppo on August 6, 2016. 

 

Some 2,000 soldiers have joined the ranks of government troops, who have besieged militant-held areas in the northwestern Syrian city, he added.

A report published is Syria’s al-Watan daily also noted that the army had received “the necessary military reinforcements to launch the battle to retake the areas from which it withdrew,” adding that, a crucial attack on the terrorists was “imminent… and inevitable.”

In the meantime, the foreign-backed militants are calling in support from other parts of the country in an attempt to bolster their ranks before the battle.


Militants drive a tank in an eastern government-besieged neighborhood of Aleppo as on August 5, 2016. 

 

Over the last few days, fierce clashes have been underway in and around the northern Syrian city between government forces and terrorists trying to end a siege on militant-held areas. Aleppo has been divided since 2012 between government forces in the west and the militants in the east.

According to military sources, large numbers of terrorists have been killed and many others have sustained injuries in heavy fighting over the past few days. A large number of vehicles as well as equipment belonging to the militants have also been destroyed.


A militant fires his weapon during clashes with government forces on the southwestern edges of Syria’s northern city of Aleppo on August 6, 2016.

 

It noted that a Takfiri headquarters and a large training camp were destroyed in the raids.

The Syrian army, backed by volunteer forces wrested back control of Palmyra from Takfiri militants on March 27 following four weeks of military operations against Daesh.

 


Members of the Syrian government forces pose for a picture in a destroyed building in the strategic town of Salma, in  Latakia province on January 15, 2016.

Elsewhere in the country, Syrian forces retook the strategic Shilif Castle which overlooks the Kinsabba mountain range in the western province of Latakia.

The castle was cleared of militants after fierce fighting broke out between government forces and militants in the town of Kinsabba.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimates that over 400,000 people have been killed in the conflict.

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