Militants of the Islamic State. File photo
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ALEPPO – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) seized control of a key military base for the Syrian army in the northern Aleppo province on Thursday.
Subsequent to clashes with the Syrian regime’s army troops in the southern countryside of Aleppo, ISIS militants have reportedly captured the Air Defense (Al-Difaa’ Al-Jawi) base near the Khanasser town.
This comes just two days after ISIS fighters took over the strategic Khanasser-Ithrayya road, cutting off a main supply line for the Syrian regime’s troops between Hama and Aleppo.
“The Khnasser Ithrayya route was a main supply line for the regime’s troops fighting in Aleppo. The army relied on this line to receive military reinforcements from Hama to support its forces inside Aleppo,” media activist Abdulrahman Taha told ARA News.
After taking over the road and main towns in its surroundings, ISIS fighters had imposed a siege on the regime’s troops in the Air Defense base. The siege led to sporadic clashes and eventually resulted in the withdrawal of the pro-Assad forces from the base on Thursday evening.
“At least 15 Syrian army soldiers were killed in the clashes, beside the destruction of two tanks at the hands of ISIS fighters,” local media activist Muhannad al-Jassim told ARA News, adding that ISIS militants have seized a large deal of ammunition and heavy weapons after taking over the Air Defense base in southern Aleppo.
In the meantime, the Syrian army confirmed the evacuation of the military base, calling it a “tactical withdrawal”.
Reporting by: Taim Khalil
Source: ARA News