Syria’s army and its allies foiled a major offensive by Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terrorists in the northwestern province of Aleppo, killing and injuring dozens of them.
A least 20 Daesh terrorists were killed by Syrian forces after they attempted to sneak into an area between Aleppo’s Khanaser and Hama’s Atherya, Syria’s official SANA news agency reported.
A military source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the Aleppo-Khanaser-Atherya road is safe now and life has returned to normal in the area.
In a separate development, the army seized control of al-Mshairfeh district in the central province of Homs after inflicting major losses on Daesh militants.
Over the past six years, Syria has been fighting foreign-sponsored militancy. UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura estimated in August that more than 400,000 people had been killed in the Syrian crisis until then. The UN has stopped its official casualty count in Syria, citing its inability to verify the figures it receives from various sources.