Syria rebels expel ISIS from town near Aleppo

Rebel fighters of the Shamiya Front prepare to attack ISIS strongholds in northern Aleppo. File photo

ARA News 

Aleppo, Syria – Subsequent to fierce clashes with militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), rebel fighters of al-Shamiya Front regained a town in the countryside of Aleppo in northern Syria, military sources reported on Friday. 

“Sandaf town was liberated from ISIS terrorists after heavy clashes on Friday,” a local source said. 

Speaking to ARA News, member of Shamiya Front Saleh al-Zein said: “Our fighters attacked ISIS headquarters in Sadaf town. Under intensive shelling the militants were forced to evacuate the town, then clashes broke out in the vicinity of Sadaf until Friday evening. The town is now completely under our control.” 

At least eight ISIS militants were killed during the clashes, and the rebels seized a large deal of weapons that were found in the evacuated town.

“We’ve received information that ISIS brought military reinforcements to Sadaf in preparation for storming our main headquarters in the nearby town of Marea,” Shamiya member said. “However, we’ve sized a large deal of weapons that were supposed to be used against us in Marea.” 

The town of Marea constitutes a main stronghold for Syrian rebel forces in the northern countryside of Aleppo.  

Meanwhile, warplanes of the U.S.-led coalition launched several strikes on ISIS tactical units and fighting positions in the Maskana town east of Aleppo.

Dozens of militants were reported dead and at least four ISIS vehicles were destroyed during the strikes, local activists reported.

Reporting by: Taim Khalil

Source: ARA News 

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