Iran Condemns Terrorists’ Occupation of Aleppo’s Khan Touman


Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian strongly condemned the Takfiri terrorists’ move to occupy Khan Touman in Aleppo province in Northern Syria.

“We believe that the solution for Syrian crisis is only political and the terrorist groups should be condemned by the international community,” Amir Abdollahian said.

He reiterated that in the recent negotiations with the Russian officials one of the issues raised by Tehran and Moscow was studying the parameters related to ceasefire violations.

The joint measures by the irresponsible terrorists and armed groups that are wrongly referred to as moderate in misusing the ceasefire atmosphere in Syria proves that they are looking for continuation of military measures with the foreign countries’ support and they do not believe in a political solution.

The Al-Nusra and units of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) claim to have taken back Khan Touman, but government forces say they are still in charge of key centers and blocks in the town.

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 last 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.

The Syrian Army announced yesterday that thousands of fresh forces have been dispatched to the Southern territories of Aleppo province to take part in the government forces’ large-scale anti-terrorism operation in Khan Touman region.

“Thousands of fresh but experienced forces have been dispatched to the Southern part of Aleppo province and thousands more will also be sent the battlefield to support the operating forces,” the army said.

“The Syrian and Russian warplane have been heavily bombing the terrorists’ newly-captured positions in Khan Touman region in the past hours and now the ground is paved for a final operation to push the militants back from the region,” the army added.

“A large number of popular forces will also accompany the army men in the operation,” the army underlined.