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    The Syrian Army and the National Defense Forces, supported by Russian air strikes, have reportedly managed to drive Daesh out of a long section of the strategic Aleppo-Raqqa highway in northern Syria.

    Backed by Russian air strikes, the Syrian forces have regained control of a considerable part of the strategic Aleppo-Raqqa highway from Daesh militants in northern Syria, according to the Iranian news agency FARS. 

    On Tuesday, the government troops stormed Daesh positions along the Aleppo-Raqqa highway, forcing the terrorists to retreat and suffer large casualties in the fighting, sources said. 

    Soldiers of the Syrian Army in Darayya, a Damascus suburb
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    Soldiers of the Syrian Army in Darayya, a Damascus suburb

    The latest offensive came a week after the Syrian forces staged an assault on Daesh defensive positions near the highway, targeting the Siyasko Chemical Factory’s western and eastern perimeters.

    During the attack, the Syrian Army regained full control over the Aleppo-Raqqa highway entrance to the facility after a series of fierce clashes with Daesh militants in the area.  

    Meanwhile, military sources have reported that new forces fighting for the restoration of order in the country, known as the Local Defense Force,  are due to be deployed to Syria's north so they may take part in the final stage of large-scale military operations to regain control over Aleppo province's southwestern areas. 

    As for the Russian air campaign, it kicked off on September 30, when more than fifty Russian aircraft, including Su-24M, Su-25 and Su-34 warplanes, commenced precision airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria at the behest of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    Earlier that day, the Russian upper house of parliament unanimously supported the request of President Vladimir Putin to deploy units of the Russian Aerospace Forces abroad.

    Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riad Haddad confirmed that Syrian Army strikes, supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces, were being carried out against armed terrorist organizations, not political opposition factions or civilians.


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