IS militants advance in Syria’s Aleppo

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Syria man walking along remnants of damaged building in Aleppo. File photo

ARA News

Aleppo, Syria – After two consecutive days of clashes with rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and al-Akrad Front, al-Qaeda offshoot of the Islamic State (IS) controlled on Wednesday the town of Akhtreen in the countryside of Aleppo in northern Syria.

Speaking with ARA News in Aleppo, civil rights activist Imad Hussein said that the Islamic State imposed its control over the town on Wednesday afternoon.

At least 10 IS militants were killed during the clashes, while the FSA lost 12 fighters before withdrawing from Akhtreen, leaving behind one more strategic location for militants of the Islamic State.

IS militants also captured villages of Barih Turkman and al-Ghoz near the town of Akhtreen after defeating Syria rebels of the FSA and al-Akrad Front.

“IS group first targeted strongholds of the FSA and al-Akrad fighters in the area with mortar shells, then began fierce clashes until controlling the areas on Wednesday,” Hussein said.

The official spokesman of al-Akrad Front brigade, Ahmed Hisso, stated to ARA News on Tuesday that their fighters sent military reinforcements to back the FSA in Akhtreen to fight IS militants there.

“Unfortunately, IS controlled the area,” Hisso said. “IS danger increases in northern Syria.”

 

Reporting by: Haya al-Abdullah

Source: ARA News

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