Syrian Army Wins Back Another Key Town, Kills over 40 ISIL Terrorists near Al-Bab
The army men continued their heavy attacks on ISIL’s defense lines to the South of al-Bab and captured the town of Aran, killing at least 41 and wounding tens of others.
A military source said that the army soldiers carried out a complicated operation and could prevail over ISIL’s defense lines in the town of Aran.
The source further added that ISIL had planted a large number of bombs and landmines around the town and had dug long trenches and tunnels to prevent the army’s advances.
The source went on to say that ISIL used five bomb-laden suicide vehicles but could not slow down the army men’s advances.
The source pointed out that the army’s control over Aran enabled the government forces to cut off the ISIL’s supplying road connecting al-Bab to the town of Tadif, forcing ISIL to face more difficulties.
The General Command of the Army and Armed Forces announced on Saturday that the Syrian army established control over 32 towns and farms during the military operation it carried out against ISIL terrorists in the Northeastern countryside of Aleppo Province.
“The army units in cooperation with the supporting forces and the allies liberated, in the large-scale military operation it has launched for 20 days against ISIL terrorist organization, more than 32 towns and farms with a total area of 250 square kilometers,” the General Command said, adding that army troops also established control over Aleppo-al-Bab highway.
The General Command underlined that the army units stormed fortifications, demined hundreds of explosives and destroyed tens of tunnels of ISIL, inflicting heavy losses upon it in weaponry and personnel.
It pointed out that this achievement expanded the range of security surrounding the city of Aleppo and constitutes a platform for improving the military operations against ISIL and increasing the areas controlled by the Syrian Army including the roads connecting the Northern and Eastern areas.
Syrian Army troops have launched military operation in Eastern Aleppo to drive ISIL terrorists out of more lands near Kuweires airbase to pave the ground for the liberation of the towns of al-Bab and Deir Hafer.
Army men, backed by Syrian and Russian bombers, killed tens of ISIL terrorists, including field commanders and high-ranking Emirs of ISIL, destroying several military columns of terrorists during the operation in Eastern Aleppo.
Field sources said that al-Bab is of strategic importance and can be considered as the key to the Eastern part of the province, adding that al-Bab and Deir Hafer are the gates to Raqqa province and their liberation will pave the way for the army to take back Raqqa, the ISIL’s self-proclaimed capital in Syria.