IS bat­tles in­sur­gents, Syria army pre­pares as­sault

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Is­lamic State mil­i­tants bat­tled ri­val in­sur­gent groups on Wed­nes­day north of the city of Aleppo, where of­fi­cials say the Syr­ian army is pre­par­ing an of­fen­sive of its own backed by Ira­nian sol­diers and Rus­sian jets.

A rebel fighter and a group mon­i­tor­ing the war said IS took con­trol of parts of Ahras and Tel Jabin, about 12 km north of Aleppo, be­fore be­ing pushed back.

Gains by IS would threaten the sup­ply lines of ri­val rebels in­side the city, which is di­vided be­tween in­sur­gents and gov­ern­ment forces. The Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights said the road used by Aleppo res­i­dents head­ing north to the Turk­ish bor­der re­mained closed on Wed­nes­day.

“To­day there are fierce bat­tles be­tween us and Daesh in Ahras, Tel Jabin, and ru­ral north­ern Aleppo,” said Has­san Haj Ali, head of the Liwa Suqour al-Ja­bal rebel group, us­ing another name for Is­lamic State.

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