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Govt Forces Reach Southern Gates Of Al-Bab, But Not Going To Enter ISIS Stronghold – Russian MoD

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Govt Forces Reach Southern Gates Of Al-Bab, But Not Going To Enter ISIS Stronghold - Russian MoD

Syrian government forces walk in an area south of the city of al-Bab in the northern province of Aleppo on January 14, 2016. ©AFP

The Syrian army, supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces, have destroyed the key ISIS defense site of Tadif located south of the ISIS stronghold of al-Bab in the province of Aleppo, the Russian Defense Ministry said on February 11.

Tadif was one of the most fortified stronghold of the terrorist group due to its strategic location at the southern gates of al-Bab. According to the ministry over 650 ISIS members were killed during the operation.

“During the fighting near the Tadif populated area, the [Syrian] government forces killed more than 650 terrorists, destroyed two tanks, four armored personnel carriers, 18 off-road vehicles equipped with heavy weapons, seven mortars and six ‘jihad-mobiles’ [technicals].”

After liberating Tadif, the Syrian army will not enter al-Bab. The Syrian military agreed with Turkey on a demarcation line with pro-Turkish forces (the Turkish army and pro-Turkish militant groups).

“As a result of the advance, the Syrian government forces have reached a demarcation line with the Free Syrian Army’s units as it had been agreed with the Turkish side.”

Meanwhile, the Syrian army has got a control over the highway linking al-Bab and the ISIS self-proclaimed capital of Raqqah.

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