Syrian artillery. © RIA Novosti, Ilya Pitayev
“Kurdish militia launched an assault on Tell Rifaat town from the north. This is one of the largest ‘Jabhat al-Nusra’ [Organization banned in Russia – Editor] strongholds. The town has strategic significance, it is situated on a main road which leads from Turkey,” the source said.
Several days ago Kurdish self-defence forces have liberated Minneh town and the airbase of the same name, thus cutting the supply route of terrorists from the border city of A’zaz to Tell Rifaat. Fierce fighting between the Syrian army and terrorists is underway two kilometers south of Tell Rifaat.
Approximately 400 militants have arrived to Kafr Naya town south of Tell Rifaat yesterday from Idlib province. It was reported that “reinforcements” arrived from the Turkish territory. It is expected that these forces will join “Jabhat al-Nusra” (Organization banned in Russia) to fight the Syrian army.
According to SANA news agency, Syrian army with the support of local militia had launched a powerful offensive operation in a number of Aleppo suburbs. The targets of the offensive were the strongholds and warehouses of terrorists. Large quantities of military hardware, ammunition, as well as terrorist personnel were destroyed.
Turkish artillery has opened fire at Kurdish forces positions north of Aleppo several dozen times in the last couple of days, in Minneh, Afrin and a number of villages. According to the commanders of the Syrian militia, by doing so Turkish Armed Forces cover the forces of terrorists in the towns and villages near the border. Kurds and Syrian militia also note the movement of armed militants and off-road vehicles with machine guns in the area of Bab-al-Hawa border checkpoint.
Syrian army still needs to restore control over the 100 km of the border through which foreign mercenaries arrive to Syria to fight the government forces.