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Syrian Army Establishes Control over Raqqa-Maskana Highway, Captures More Lands in Eastern Aleppo

3 June 2017 16:48


The Syrian Army troops continued their anti-ISIL operation to recapture the strategic town of Maskana in Eastern Aleppo and managed to take back 10 villages and regions, military sources said, adding that the pro-government forces have gained control over the Raqqa-Maskana highway.

The sources said that the army men engaged in fierce clashes with ISIL and drove them out of the villages of Doweirineh, al-Balisiyeh, Um Hajra, al-Morteza al-Qadimiyeh and al-Sharideh in Eastern Aleppo.

The sources went on to say that the army arrived at the Raqqa-Maskana highway and imposed control over the highway after liberating the said villages.

The army units also pushed ISIL back from the village of Rasm al-Qazal North of Maskana and the villages of al-Kalateh, Um Rojol, al-Mawaniyeh, al-Khefeh and Khirbet al-Fakhah South and South-West of the town of Jubb al-Homam in Eastern Aleppo.

In the meantime, the Russian fighter jets pounded ISIL’s positions in the village of al-Joweim East of Aleppo and in the neighbohoods of al-Badou, al-Rehaniyeh and Kajali in Maskana city.

Military sources reported on Friday that the Syrian Army forces launched a fresh round of operations to target ISIL’s strongholds in Southeastern Aleppo.

The sources said that the army soldiers began targeting ISIL’s positions along the entire frontier East of the Aleppo supply road, adding that following fresh gains by the Tiger Forces in the Maskana Plains, the forces of the 30th Division of the Republican Guard headed from the provincial capital to the Khanasser Plains, looking to slice adrift ISIL’s territory in Southeastern Aleppo.

The Republican Guard was to begin large-scale storming operations and was gathering information and intel on ISIL positions.

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