Syrian army takes militant enclaves in significant Idlib advance

Flash back: More than 30 Daesh militants were killed in fierce clashes on Saturday with Syrian regime forces in the northwestern province of Idlib. (AFP)

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.

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