The Syrian army has taken full control of Aleppo’s Salahuddin district after launching a mop-up operation against insurgents in the flashpoint city. According to Syria’s official news agency SANA, the Salahuddin district was cleared of insurgents after the army launched a major ground operation in Aleppo on Wednesday.
Many insurgents were killed and wounded in the military operation. Syrian troops also arrested dozens of insurgents and seized large amounts of weapons and ammunition from armed groups in Salahuddin.Syrian troops also clashed with insurgents in Aleppo's Bab al-Nayrab district in the southeast, killing dozens of them. Fighting, however, continues between the Syrian army and the insurgents in several other areas of Aleppo, including the northern neighborhood of Ashrafyiah, the southern district of Sokkari and the central area of Seif al-Dowla. Meanwhile, the Syrian army has discovered a cache of missiles in a warehouse near Aleppo.
Foreign-backed armed groups have been conducting terrorist attacks in Aleppo since July 20 after they were defeated in the capital, Damascus, and were forced to flee.Some reports suggest that anti-government insurgents operating in Aleppo may have been provided with chemical weapons. The insurgents have also acquired dozens of the portable surface-to-air missiles.
Reports also say that the Turkish military supplied the militants with Stinger missiles during a brief incursion into Syrian soil on Tuesday.Syria has been the scene of deadly unrest since mid-March, 2011 and many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed in the violence.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on August 1 that the country is engaged in a ''crucial and heroic'' battle that will determine the destiny of the nation.The anti-Syria Western regimes have been calling for President Assad to step down. HM/JR/AZ