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Syria officially declares liberation of Khan Shaykhun

The file photo shows Syrian soldiers holding the Syrian flag in an unknown location. (Via social media)

Syria's military has officially announced the liberation of the strategic town of Khan Shaykhun south of Idlib province along with other localities previously held by terrorists in northern Hama province.

“With great resolve and complete belief in victory, our armed forces in northern Hama and southern Idlib continued with their advances and expulsion of terrorist forces in the region,” a spokesman for Syria's military high command said in a statement on Friday.

The statement confirmed that more than a dozen other towns and villages, including Morek, Latamina, Latmin, M’aerkaba, Kafar Zita, and Lahaya had been liberated and that bomb-clearance operations were currently underway in the recaptured areas.

“Military advances continue very well and the terrorists have failed to stop our brave men who are resolute in liberating all of Syria from the terrorists”, the statement added.

The anticipated capture of Khan Shaykhun, which had been occupied by foreign-backed terrorists since 2014, came after the Syrian military launched an offensive in the region earlier this month.

The offensive took place after Takfiri forces positioned in a previously-agreed de-escalation zone failed to honor a ceasefire and continued to target civilian neighborhoods.

The Turkish military had established a military observation post near the town of Morek in northern Hama as part of the negotiated de-escalation agreement with Russia and Iran in 2017 which gradually eroded due to repeated terrorist violations of the deal. 

Details have yet to be released about the fate of the Turkish observation post.

Images shared on social media allegedly showed Syrian forces in vicinity of the military base.

Syria, gripped by a foreign-backed militancy since 2011 that has killed hundreds of thousands, has managed to take back control of many territories from the Takfiri Daesh and other terrorist groups. The war has displaced millions of people inside the Arab country.

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