ISIS militants advance against Syrian rebels in Aleppo

ISIS militants carrying out mass executions in northern Iraq. File photo

ARA News

ALEPPO – Subsequent to fierce battles with Syrian rebel factions, militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Monday captured a key village in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, local and military sources reported.

Local activists confirmed that sporadic clashes continued between the two sides near the Syria-Turkey border until Monday midnight.

Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, rebel spokesman Saleh Zein said that ISIS militants launched a major attack on rebels headquarters in Aleppo’s north and were able to seize control of Tel Battal village near the Syrian-Turkish border after heavy battles with the rebel fighters from the Sultan Murad Brigade and the 1st regiment. 

“Daesh launched heavy artillery shells and rockets on headquarters of the rebels headquarters in the area, forcing them to withdraw towards the town of Dudyan,” Zein reported, using an acronym for ISIS.

This coincided with ISIS’s attempts to advance towards the rebel-held Dudyan town. Meanwhile, the Turkish army pounded several tactical units and positions for ISIS in the town of Kafr Ghan and the village of Tel Hussein, causing them casualties, according to local sources. 

“Aleppo’s northern suburbs has been witnessing hit and run assaults between the conflicting parties for months, but due to the convergence of the villages in the region, they could not be permanent military zones for one party,” media activist Dirar Hamid told ARA News in Aleppo. 

“However, areas that enjoy a strategic location like Dudyan are supposed to be held in order to control the whole region,” Hamid argued. 

In case of capturing the villages of Soran, Ahtimlat and Doabak, Syrian rebels can fortify their presence in the region which may enable them liberate the strategic town of al-Raee on the Turkish-Syrian border, according to the source.

Despite the Turkish shelling on its positions, ISIS was able days ago to regain control of the strategic town of al-Raee in northern Aleppo subsequent to fierce battles with the armed opposition fighters.

Reporting by: Taim Khalil        

Source: ARA News

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