Aleppo, Syria – On Wednesday, the Syrian Arab Army advanced to the western parts of Aleppo-Damascus international highway from the east. The Arabic-language SANA news agency reported that the army troops who had liberated the eastern parts of the long highway in the past few days could enter the western side on Wednesday.
It added that the Syrian army soldiers could for the first time after years enter the village of al-Sheikh Ali in the west of Aleppo-Damascus highway. For the first time in more than seven years, Syrian army forces managed to wrest control of a key highway connecting the capital Damascus to the second-largest city Aleppo.
The London-based so-called “Syrian Observatory for Human Rights” (SOHR) reported on Tuesday that Syrian soldiers and their allied fighters had recaptured the M5 highway after liberating an area in Aleppo Province, which was the last terrorist foothold on the highway.
SOHR head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP that the Syrian government forces retook Aleppo’s Rashideen al-Rabea area, adding, “That means they control the entire M5 for the first time since 2012”. The liberation of the M5 motorway, which links the capital Damascus to the major cities of Hama, Homs and Aleppo, comes on the back of a months-old operation by the Syrian Arab Army to liberate Idlib Province.
Idlib and the area north of Aleppo form part of the only large territory still in the hands of terrorists. The Syrian military has managed to undo militant gains across the country and bring back almost all of the Syrian soil under the control of the legitimate government.
Previously, the Syrian army took back control of the two villages of Khan al-Assal and Kafar Nouran in western Aleppo from the terrorists. The Arabic-language service of SANA news agency reported that Khan al-Assal in western Aleppo and Kafar Nouran in southwestern Aleppo were recaptured on Tuesday evening and cleansed of terrorists.
The Syrian army troops advanced in the western parts of Aleppo city too and liberated several districts of the Rashideen region, forcing the terrorists to flee the second biggest city of Syria. Security has strengthened along the Aleppo-Damascus international highway after the recent developments and the Syrian army’s control over more regions.