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Daesh advances on Aleppo

 

 

BEIRUT — Daesh group fighters advanced Friday on Syria’s second city Aleppo despite more than a week of Russian airstrikes that Moscow says is aimed at routing the militants. The Daesh gains came as regime forces, backed by Russian bombing and fighters from the Lebanese Shiite militia Hezbollah, intensified an offensive against rebels in the northwest, where Daesh is absent. Western governments say the vast majority of Russian strikes have targeted rebel groups other than Daesh in a bid to defend President Bashar Al-Assad’s rule. Daesh militants reached their closest position yet to Aleppo in northern Syria at dawn on Friday after hours of ferocious fighting with rival opponents of Assad, a monitoring group reported. “Dozens of combatants were killed on both sides,” said Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Daesh militants drove out rebels from the localities of Tall Qrah, Tall Soussin, Kafar Qares and the base of Madrasat al-Mushat, he said. The seizure of these positions brought the militants to about 20 km from the front line where forces loyal to Assad are positioned, including the Sheikh Najjar industrial zone.— AFP
 

 
   
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