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    Syrian army tanks enter a village near the Kweyris military air base, in the east of the northern Syrian province of Aleppo, on November 15, 2015 after they took control of the surrounding villages from Islamic State (IS) group fighters

    Syrian Army Liberates Village in Vicinity of Key Airbase in Aleppo Province

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    Syrian government forces gained control over a village of Kses near the strategic Kweyris airbase in the Aleppo province, a military source said.

    DAMASCUS (Sputnik) — Earlier in November, the Syrian army broke the siege of the Kweyris airbase by the Islamic State (IS) militant group that lasted for several years. The army is currently continuing the liberation of the surrounding areas.

    "Army liberated Kses village in the west of the Aleppo province. During the storm, groups of IS militants were killed and enemy equipment was destroyed," the source told RIA Novosti.

    The source added that liberation of Kses is essential for an offensive on Dayr Hafir, a settlement in the Aleppo province controlled by IS.

    In October, the Syrian army, with the support of a Russian aerial operation against IS positions, launched an offensive to liberate the country’s territory occupied by the militants of radical Islamist groups, including IS and the Nusra Front.

    Russia’s aircraft commenced precision airstrikes against terrorists positions in Syria on September 30, following a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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