Syrian government forces, backed by allied fighters from popular defense groups, have made significant advances against foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants in the northwestern provinces of Aleppo and Idlib.
In a statement released by the official news agency SANA on Sunday, Syria’s General Command of the Army and Armed Forces announced that troops making territorial gains in the eastern countryside of Idlib have linked up with their counterparts advancing in southern Aleppo at one crossing point, establishing full control over a number of towns and strategic hills and nearly 600 square kilometers of land.
The statement enumerated some of the liberated towns and villages as Khan al-Sabil, Jobas, al-Nayrab, Tell Mardikh, Kafr Amim, Afes, Saraqib, Tell al-Tabariz, Maharem, Zummar, al-Eis, Tell Touqan, Khan Tuman, Khalsa, Zitan and al-Rayyan.
It went on to say that Syrian forces keep safeguarding national sovereignty and public dignity, eliminating the dangers of terrorist groups.
The statement highlighted that attempts by sponsors of terrorism to stop the collapse within the ranks of terror groups operating inside Syria will not succeed.
Syria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates wrote to the United Nations on January 25, stressing that the operation in Idlib and Aleppo against Takfiri elements “will not stop until the elimination of those terrorists, who threaten safety and security of Syrian civilians.”
The Syrian army declared the start of an offensive against militants in Idlib on August 5 last year.
It came after those positioned in the de-escalation zone failed to honor a ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey and continued to target civilian neighborhoods.
Under the Sochi agreement, all militants in the demilitarized zone that surrounds Idlib, and also parts of the province of Aleppo and the west-central province of Hama, were supposed to pull out heavy arms by October 17, 2018.