Syrian army retakes town on road to Aleppo from IS

Beirut—The Syrian army retook a strategic town from the Islamic State group on Thursday, paving the way for the reopening of its sole supply route to main northern city Aleppo.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said troops still needed to clear the jihadists from hills overlooking the key highway before it could be fully secured.
The road through the town of Khanasser is the sole link between government-held areas in and around Aleppo and those in the rest of the country.
The army’s counteroffensive was backed by Russian air strikes which killed 20 IS fighters, said the Observatory, a Britain-based monitoring group.
It is not the first time that the government’s supply route to Aleppo has been cut. Rebels severed it in 2013 and IS also did so last year before being pushed back.—AFP

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