Feb 14, 2020 18:32 UTC
  • Aleppo stepping toward full liberation thanks to Syria army gains

Syrian forces, backed by allied fighters from popular defense groups, are apparently riding high following the liberation of more areas from the clutches of terrorists in the northwestern province of Aleppo.

Syria’s official news agency SANA reported on Friday that troops and their allies regained control over the village of Urum al-Sughra, which lies in Atarib district.

Operations also continued Friday for the liberation of the town of Urum al-Kubrah and its environs. 

West of Aleppo in al-Rashideen 4 area, army bomb disposal units are working to spot and defuse hidden improvised explosive devices and landmines.

There, a network of underground tunnels and hideouts previously used by Takfiri terrorists has been uncovered.

On Thursday, Syrian army units managed to wrest control over Kafar Joum village besides Mohandessin 1 and 2 areas in western Aleppo following clashes with members of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham Takfiri terrorist group, formerly known as the al-Nusra Front.

Turkish-backed militants down Syrian Air Force helicopter in Idlib

Meanwhile, a Syrian military source told SANA that Turkish-backed terrorists had shot down a government helicopter west of Aleppo.

The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the aircraft was targeted by a missile at around 13:40 local time (1140 GMT) on Friday, as it was flying in the skies over Urum al-Kubrah.

The source blamed the attack on Turkish-backed militants, noting that crew members on board the helicopter were killed.