Syrian government forces, supported by fighters from allied popular defense groups, have taken control of a number of villages in the southern countryside of the northwestern province of Idlib, reaching the outskirts of a major stronghold for foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants there.
Syria’s official news agency SANA reported that army troops and their allies succeeded on Wednesday to capture the villages of Kafr Ein, Khirbet al-Murshid, Mintar and Tel Aas following heavy clashes with members of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham Takfiri terrorist group, formerly known as al-Nusra Front.
An unnamed Syrian military source said the counter-terrorism operations inflicted heavy losses upon the extremists.
Director of the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdulrahman, said government forces were now four kilometers from the town of Khan Shaykhun.
On Tuesday, Syrian government troops engaged foreign-backed militants in Tal Tera’i area in the southeastern suburbs of Idlib as well as Taman’a town, killing and injuring scores of the Takfiris in the process.