The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is conducting a combing operation in the district of al-Rashidin 4 to the west of Aleppo’s city center, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) announced on February 14.
Thus far, army units have uncovered weapons, equipment, fortifications as well as tunnel networks, which were being used by radical militants.
Al-Rashidin 4 was liberated by the SAA’s 4th Division earlier this month following a fierce battle with al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its Turkish-backed allies.
The district occupies an important position overlooking the M5 highway that links the capital, Damascus, with Aleppo city. The SAA secured the entire strategic highway earlier this week.
The SAA and its allies are now advancing north of the highway. HTS and other Idlib groups are desperately attempting to slow the army down.