BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:30 P.M.) – Syrian government forces have killed 650 Islamic State terrorists since the start of their east Aleppo operations, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced on Saturday.
In addition to killing 650 militants, the Syrian government forces also destroyed 2 tanks, 4 IFVs, and 18 all-terrain vehicles fitted with heavy weaponry.
“Moreover, control has been regained over the road to Raqqa, along which ISIS military groups in the town of Al-Bab have been supplied with weapons and ammunition,” the Russian defense ministry said.
Earlier on Saturday, the Lebanese television channel Al-Manar said that Syrian government forces were at a distance of 1.5 km from Al-Bab, besieged in the north and west by Syrian opposition units supported by Turkish troops.
In August 2016, Turkey launched a military operation in northern Syria, code-named as Operation Euphrates Shield.