“A sum of 700 Takfiri militants were either killed or wounded in Khan Touman in the past month,” Brigadier General Hamid Reza Rostamian told FNA on Sunday.
He also said that at least 10 tanks and armored vehicles of the Takfiri terrorists were also destroyed in the same period.
On Wednesday, the Syrian army and popular forces launched initial step of a massive operation to take back Khan Touman.
In early May, military sources announced that at least 400 terrorists had been killed or wounded in the pro-government forces’ offensives in Khan Touman battle.
“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 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.