The Syrian army has foiled two bomb attacks in Aleppo’s Bab al-Nairab district as a major military operation to clear the flashpoint city of armed groups continues. Syrian troops also repelled a terrorist attack on Aleppo's international airport, state news agency SANA reported on Friday. "A courageous unit of the army confronted a group of mercenary terrorists who tried to attack Aleppo international airport. The army hit back and killed most of them," SANA said.
The army has launched a mop-up operation against insurgents in the northern city of Aleppo since Wednesday and so far, several districts, including insurgents' stronghold of Salahuddin, have been cleared of terrorist groups.A large number of insurgents have also been killed, injured and arrested in Aleppo since the beginning of the operation. Fighting, however, continues between the Syrian army and the insurgents in several other areas of Aleppo, including Bustan al-Qasr, Halak, Bab al-Hadid and Darat Azzeh. Foreign-backed armed groups have been carrying out 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.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. HM/JR