Syrian army soldiers and their allied fighters have reportedly managed to advance over the weekend into areas controlled by Daesh terrorists in the country’s northwest adjacent to the city of Aleppo.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday that fighting still rages on while the Syrian forces push deeper into the Daesh-held regions.
Troops advanced south of the Syrian city of al-Bab, which recently fell to Turkish armed forces and allied militants. Terrorists are reported to have retreated from al-Bab.
The recent push extended the Syrian military’s control over 14 villages and brought it within 25 kilometers of Lake Assad, a reservoir on the Euphrates River.
By recapturing south of al-Bab, the Syrian army will be able to regain control of water supplies for Aleppo and prevent pro-Ankara militants from moving further southwards.
Ankara launched its incursion into Syria in August 2016 in a declared bid to push Daesh from the border and stop the advance of Kurdish forces.
The Syrian forces have been fighting different foreign-backed terrorist groups wreaking havoc in the Arab country since 2011.
Over the past few months, troops have made sweeping gains against Takfiri elements who have lately increased their acts of violence across the country following a series of defeats in Aleppo and elsewhere.