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Syrian army, allies set to liberate northern town of Khan Tuman

Syrian soldiers patrol on April 4, 2016 the devastated town of al-Qaryatain, in the province of Homs in central Syria, after Syrian troops regained control of the town from Takfiri Daesh terrorists the previous day. (© AFP)

Syrian government forces, backed by advisors from Iran, Iraq and Lebanon, are preparing to launch a large-scale operation and retake the strategic town of Khan Tuman in Syria’s  northern province of Aleppo from foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants.

Syrian troopers together with military advisors from Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and fighters from the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement as well as Iraq’s Mobilization Units have converged on the outskirts of the town, located southwest of the provincial capital city of Aleppo, and are gearing up for the liberation operation, Fars news agency reported.

Takfiri militants, led by fellow terrorists from the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front, took control of Khan Tuman on Friday, shortly before a 48-hour truce in Aleppo was due to expire.

Informed sources, requesting not to be named, told Qatar’s al-Jazeera satellite news network that groups involved in the attack included Ahrar al-Sham, Ajnad al-Sham, and other factions under the command of Jaish al-Fatah (The Army of Conquest).

Syrian soldiers patrol the town of al-Quaryatayn in Syria's central Homs province, on April 3, 2016. (© AFP)

The IRGC announced in a statement on Saturday that 13 of its military advisers had been killed and 21 others wounded in Syria in recent days.

The statement added that the IRGC members were all from Iran's northern province of Mazandaran, noting that they were killed and injured in the town of Khan Tuman.

The town has changed hands between Syrian army soldiers, Daesh Takfiri terrorists and foreign-sponsored militants over the past few months. Syrian soldiers had wrested control over Khan Tuman in last December.

According to a February report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict in Syria has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people since March 2011.

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