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Syrian regime regains control of the city of Aleppo

by Ace Damon
Syrian regime regains control of the city of Aleppo

JN / Agencies

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The Syrian regime regained control of the city of Aleppo on Sunday, continuing the offensive against the 'jihadist' movement in the northwest of the country, according to international organizations and state media.

Aleppo is the second city in Syria and capital of a region named after him that had been taken over by the Islamic State's 'jihadist' movement, and has since been the target of successive attacks by international troops and the regime of President Bahsar Al Assad.

Syrian media said the government army was able to control Aleppo on Sunday, supported by air strikes by Russian allies.

The 'jihadist' movement in the region, controlled by the Hayat Tahrir al-Cham faction, still dominates an important part of the Idelb region and adjacent sectors, such as Aleppo, Hama and Latakia.

After intense attacks, over the past few days, the armed forces loyal to the Bashar al-Assad regime have gained control of all locations around Aleppo, for the first time since 2012, protecting the city from rebel attacks, according to the Syrian Human Rights Observatory.

According to this non-governmental organization, Syrian forces "have progressed rapidly in the north and west of the province of Aleppo, after the total withdrawal of rebel factions", having taken control of some 30 villages.

State television showed images of Aleppo houses where residents celebrated the arrival of forces loyal to the Syrian regime.

The Syrian army will also have controlled an important access route that links Aleppo to the capital Damascus.

Since December, more than 800,000 people have been displaced from the region, fleeing the violent conflicts that have already caused more than 380,000 deaths.

Supported by Russia and Iran, the Syrian regime's forces have managed to multiply victories in recent months, having recovered more than 70% of the territory.

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