American anti-ISIS airstrikes enable Syrian rebels to advance north Aleppo


Syria rebels are seen in clashes with ISIS militants north Syria. File photo

ARA News 

ALEPPO – Syrian rebel fighters on Friday made new gains against militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, amid intensified US-led airstrikes on ISIS fighting positions in the area, military sources reported. 

Rebels of the Levant Front [al-Jabha al-Shamiya] and allies recaptured the Yahmoul town in the suburbs of Azaz city north of Aleppo on Friday evening after fierce clashes with ISIS militants.

“Our advance was facilitated by the US-led coalition’s airstrikes on ISIS positions in Yahmoul,” the Levant Front spokesman Salih al-Zein told ARA News.

“After liberating the town [Yahmoul] from ISIS terrorists, we found the corpses of over 25 ISIS fighters, some of them were killed in the clashes while others were apparently killed under airstrikes on Friday evening,” Zein said.

The rebel official told ARA News that ISIS withdrew from the eastern suburbs of Azaz city towards the Jazir village in the northern countryside of Aleppo province.

“They are currently stationed in Jazir and Ahmadiya villages. Our next operation will target those key ISIS bastions in the area,” he said.

The hot fighting fronts of Yahmoul, Jazir and Ahmadiya are located near the Syrian-Turkish borderline, where Turkmen constitute a large proportion of the population. 

Reporting by: Taim Khalil

Source: ARA News

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