Mon Feb 29, 2016 10:54AM
Syrian government forces drive a tank on a road during a military operation against Daesh terrorists in the villages of Zarour and Khanasir, in Aleppo Province, February 26, 2016. (Photo by AFP)
Syrian government forces drive a tank on a road during a military operation against Daesh terrorists in the villages of Zarour and Khanasir, in Aleppo Province, February 26, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

Syrian government forces have managed to retake control of a strategic road in northern Syria in a new major advancement that paves the way for purging the northern city of Aleppo of the Takfiri Daesh terrorists.

The Syrian forces liberated Khanasir-Ithriya road in the southeast of Aleppo Province from Daesh on Monday, and are currently defusing the explosive devices planted by the terrorist group.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the advance, adding that government forces engaged in battles with Daesh terrorists in the area.

The Syrian forces had been relying on the route to reach Aleppo because terrorists control the main highway to the city further west.

Syrian troops regained control of the village and the hill of Tal al-Hamam south of the town of Khanasir earlier on Monday. Khanasir, which lies 50 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of the city of Aleppo, had been liberated from terrorists on Friday.

Syria has been grappling with foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. According to a recent report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the country’s pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.