LATAKIA (Syria), (Sputnik) – Last week, the Syrian army managed to cut off terrorists’ supply routes from Turkey in northern Aleppo. The troops, with support from the local militias, broke through the sieges in the towns of Nubl and Zahraa. Now the government army aims to gain control of the Syrian-Turkish border.
"These victories are evidence of good collaboration of the Syrian army and the group of the Russian Aerospace Forces. They show that our people are holding on to their land and will never allow it to be torn apart by terrorists," Ibrahim Khodr Salem said in a speech addressing new volunteer recruits.
More than 500 new recruits gathered in central Latakia, having passed a basic training course. They are now awaiting deployment. According to Salem, this is the fifth set of volunteers.
Syria has been mired in a civil war since 2011, with the country’s government fighting against multiple opposition factions and extremist groups.
On September 30, 2015, Russia launched an aerial campaign against the Daesh terrorists in Syria at the request of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Daesh is outlawed and considered a terrorist group in Russia.