Last IS stronghold in Aleppo captured
DAMASCUS: The Syrian army and allied fighters yesterday captured the last Islamic State (IS) stronghold the town of Maskanah in the northern province of Aleppo, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Located in the south-eastern countryside of Aleppo, capturing Maskanah is the latest in a string of successful operations by the army and its allies to end the presence of IS in Aleppo.
The Observatory, which relies on a network of activists on the ground, said the army has been combing the town since early yesterday in search of explosives and roadside bombs.
The IS fighters and their families withdrew from the town before the army could place a full siege on it, after cutting the road between the town and northern province of Raqqa, the de facto capital of IS.
A widescale military offensive in the countryside of Aleppo was unleashed in January, after the army forces wrested back control of the entire city of Aleppo.
Now, the Syrian army is also active in the Syrian desert against IS, capturing large swathes of territory from the group.