ALEPPO – Subsequent to fierce clashes, Syrian regime forces were able Tuesday to recapture a strategic town from militants of the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, Nusra Front, and allied Jund al-Aqsa Brigade in the southern countryside of Aleppo province, northern Syria.
Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, rebel spokesman Mustafa Suleiman said that pro-Assad troops, backed by a Russian air cover, carried out a surprise attack on the Nusra Front and Jund al-Aqsa Brigade in the strategic town of al-Iss and its surrounding hills.
“The army encircled Islamists near al-Khanser town and was able to control al-Iss after fierce battles between the two sides,” the source said.
“Dozens of the Nusra insurgents have been killed in a barrel bomb attack by pro-Assad helicopters in the area,” Suleiman told ARA News.
The spokesman pointed out that the battles forced the Nusra insurgents to flee the town and the nearby hills amid artillery shelling by pro-Assad forces on the headquarters of Islamists in the town of az-Ziyara.
It was not immediately clear how many fighters were killed in the attacks.
The Nusra Front and Jund al-Aqsa Brigade had launched a massive assault on headquarters of the Syrian army in Aleppo’s southern countryside and had taken control of several strategic locations earlier on Sunday, but the regime forces were shortly able to regain its positions.
Reporting by: Taim Khalil
Source: ARA News
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