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The Syrian army and air force, backed by the popular units, destroyed terrorists’ defense lines in the northern Latakia province leaving many militants killed and wounded, Sputnik News reports, quoting Iran’s Fars news agency.
“Several militant positions and their military grid were severely damaged during Syrian jets combat sorties over the village of Ma’ar Baya in Latakia province,” the sources on the ground confirmed.
Government forces also attacked terrorists’ positions in other key provinces across the country.
In Aleppo province the Syrian army took back several key areas in fierce battles fought along the strategic Khanaser highway.
Meanwhile, the Syrian army and its popular allies launched a new phase of a large-scale operation to drive back the terrorist groups from the main government forces’ main supply line from Hama to Aleppo, Fars News reported.
“The Syrian army troops and the National Defense Forces, who captured a number of checkpoints along the Ithriya-Khanaser road, have launched a massive joint operation in both provinces of Hama and Aleppo to end IS and Jund al-Aqsa’s control over chunks of the strategic road,” the army said.
“The Syrian Air Force and artillery units have provided very good coverage for the ground forces,” the army added.