“The Syrian army troops seized back the strategic al-Jarah (Kishish) strategic airport after killing tens of terrorists, including foreign field commanders, in fierce clashes with the militants,” a military source said.
The source reiterated that the ISIL is on the verge of full collapse in Aleppo province as the Syrian government troops have managed to liberate about 200 towns, villages and hilltops.
The Syrian soldiers had reached areas overlooking al-Jarah airport after pushing rapidly Southwards along Lake Assad while other units of the army advanced to positions some 10 kilometers from Maskanah, an ISIL-held town on the provincial border with Raqqa.
Now, the Syrian Army troops are on the verge of entering the Northern rim of the Maskanah Plain for the first time since they were forced to withdraw from the region.
In a relevant development on Thursday, the Syrian Army soldiers continued their anti-ISIL operation in Eastern Aleppo and captured 14 villages, deploying forces at positions very near to the gates of al-Jarah (Kishish) strategic airport.
The army men stormed ISIL’s defense lines in al-Khafseh region and pushed ISIL back from the villages and towns of Khirbet Salami, Rasm Aboud Jaftlak, al-Hamez, Moshrefeh Tal Totoun, Tal Totoun, Jubb Hendi, Rajm al-Aqra’a, al-Horeyh, Bibiri Tahtani, Khirbeh Akleh, Khirbet Salib, Modawareh, Tal Aswad and Khan al-Hamar.
The army killed a large number of ISIL terrorists, including several snipers and destroyed five bomb-laden suicide vehicles, several cannons and several military vehicles.
An informed military source said that the army had arrived at the gates of al-Jarah airport, adding the army men are getting ready to stormed ISIL’s positions in al-Jarah airport from the Southern direction of the newly-liberated al-Khafseh town.
Also, the army soldiers continued to advance in the Southern parts of al-Khafseh water facilities in Northeastern Aleppo and retook control of Habouba al-Saqira and Habouba al-Kabira after clashes with the ISIL terrorists.
Meantime, the Syrian government troops won back control of Rasm Harmal al-Saqir, Rasm Harmal al-Kabir and Rasm al-Aboud towns after capturing the al-Babiri water pumping station.