Militants of the Islamic State. File photo
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Aleppo, Syria – On Thursday, fierce clashes erupted between militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) and Syrian regime forces near the industrial city northern Aleppo, local sources reported.
Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, media activist Wael Mohamed said that IS militants killed some 30 soldiers of the pro-Assad forces and captured five others in battles near the hills of Taanah and Maqbala that overlook the industrial city in Sheikh Najjar district, north Aleppo.
On Thursday morning, the pro-regime forces tried to storm the area between the hills of Taanah and Maqbala, “but they were ambushed by IS militants”, according to military sources in Aleppo.
Subsequent to the failed ground offensive, the pro-regime forces responded with several airstrikes targeting IS headquarters in the vicinity of the industrial city and the outskirts of Shamer neighborhood.
Pro-regime forces also fired several Grad rockets, heavy artillery and mortars from their headquarters in the hill of Shaikh Yousef toward IS insurgents in Sheikh Najjar. It was not clear whether the regime fire caused casualties in the ranks of the radical group.
Since a year and a half, the regime forces had taken control of the industrial city in Aleppo after the expulsion of the armed opposition fighters, lifting the siege on pro-Assad troops stationed there. However, IS militants took control of parts of the industrial city three months ago, which put the group in direct contact with pro-Assad’s forces.
Reporting by: Taim Khalil
Source: ARA News