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Syrian Army Troops Pound Terrorists’ Route to Aleppo

Syrian Army Troops Pound Terrorists’ Route to Aleppo
Thu Aug 18, 2016 17:15:03

Syrian and Russian aircrafts have launched intense air strikes on terrorists’ strongholds in northern Syria to prevent rebels sending reinforcements to a crucial battle in Aleppo, a monitor said Thursday.

Air strikes on Idlib city, 60 kilometers (35 miles) southwest of Aleppo, killed 25 terrorists on Wednesday, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Syrian aircraft continued to pound terrorists’ positions across Idlib province on Thursday as well as parts of Aleppo province, it said.

“Syrian government and Russian aircraft are carrying out dozens of raids every day on Idlib province and the west of Aleppo province to prevent reinforcements reaching terrorist positions,” said Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman.

Idlib is dominated by the same alliance of terrorists that is fighting in Aleppo, including the former Al-Nusra Front, which has renamed itself Fateh al-Sham Front after renouncing its status as Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate.

Southern Aleppo has been the scene of intense fighting since July 31.

It took the southern district of Ramussa on August 6, linking up with terrorists-held neighborhoods.

Each side is now trying to cut off the other’s supply routes.

Aleppo has been roughly split between terrorists’ control in the east and government forces in the west since mid-2012.

On Thursday, the regime continued to pound the east of Aleppo city.

More than 290,000 people have been killed and millions displaced since the beginning of Syria’s civil war, which started in 2011, AFP reported.

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