“A sum of 700 Takfiri militants were either killed or wounded in Khan Touman in the past month,” Brigadier General Hamid Reza Rostamian told FNA on Sunday.
Brigadier General Rostamian senior Iranian military advisor who is helping the Syrian army in its anti-terrorism fight alsi added that “at least 10 tanks and armored vehicles of the Takfiri terrorists were also destroyed in the same period.”
“In early May, military sources announced that at least 400 terrorists had been killed or wounded in the pro-government forces’ offensives in Khan Touman battle.“
On Wednesday, the Syrian army and popular forces launched initial step of a massive operation to take back Khan Touman.
The Syrian soldiers have prevented Jeish al-Fatah, al-Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham from moving towards al-Zarbeh and the neighborhoods of Rashedeen 4 and 5 from the Western and Northeastern sides of Khan Touman.
In the meantime, the Syrian army’s artillery, missile and mortar units have been pounding the terrorists’ position in Khan Touman battlefield to weaken the defensive abilities of the militants and pave the group for safer and easier ground operation,” they added.
The Syrian army alongside the National Defense Forces and Hezbollah fighters regained full control over the town of Khan Touman in December. Ever since then the city has fallen back to the terrorists twice, with the second time being this weekend.
Following an unsuccessful truce that was repeatedly violated by the terrorist groups, the Al-Nusra Front – the Syria arm of the Al-Qaeda terrorist group – could relocate some 20,000 terrorists to Northern Aleppo via Turkey’s soil to launch a large-scale attack on pro-government positions in several key cities in Aleppo province, including Khan Touman in the Southwest.