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Syrian govt. forces, allies retake towns lost to militants in Aleppo

Pro-Syrian government forces pose with portraits of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his late father Hafez al-Assad as they gather in a public square in the Syrian border town of Abu Kamal on November 20, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Syrian army forces, supported by allied fighters from popular defense groups, have managed to retake complete control over all the towns lost a day earlier to members of the Takfiri Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) terrorist group in the country’s northwestern province of Aleppo.

Syria’s official news agency, SANA, reported that Syrian troops and their allies had carried out fresh operations against militant strongholds, and had liberated 13 towns, including Umm Anaksh, Salehiyah, Tell Soumeah, Hardana and al-Assadiyah, following fierce clashes with HTS terrorists.

The report added that the counter-terrorism operations led to the destruction of a number of terrorist positions, and left scores of Takfiris dead and injured.

The media bureau of Syria’s Operations Command also announced in a statement that government troops and fighters from popular defense groups had establish full control over a number of villages in al-Safirah district in Aleppo.

Syrian bomb disposal units also defused several booby-trapped houses in the town of Khanasir.

Pro-Syrian government forces ride on a tank as it drives down a street in the Syrian border town of Albu Kamal on November 20, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

The developments came only a day after Syrian army soldiers and allied fighters regained control of the villages of Umm Khan and Umm al-Amad Qabli in the southeastern countryside of Aleppo province.

The offensives dealt heavy blows to the personnel ranks and military ranks of terrorists from the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham Takfiri group, formerly known as al-Nusra Front.

Meanwhile, the s-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Syrian government forces and their allies had expanded their control to 120 towns in Hama and Idlib provinces ever since they started their military campaign there on December 25 last year.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups that are wreaking havoc in the country.

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