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article imageSyrian Army makes another strategic gain, reopens key Aleppo road

By Paul Iddon     Oct 7, 2013 in Politics
In another tactical victory over the ragtag rebel opposition Syria's Army has captured a key road which links the country's heartland to the country's commercial hub. The northern city of Aleppo.
ABC News reminds us that the Syrian Army, along with pro-government militias, are engaged in very close and bitter fighting for control of Aleppo. Rebels have managed to maintain an assault on the city for 15 months now. Neither side is willing to relinquish any hold over such an important part of the country.
When the north-south highway leading from the government-controlled heartland of Syria to the besieged city of Aleppo was cut off by rebel forces late in 2012 an alternative desert road was built which runs from northeast Hama to serve as a remote alternative bypass route that served to keep up resupply operations to the integrally important commercial hub. The Syrian rebels however had recently managed, this August, to cut off that road also.
Now however that road has been recaptured and reopened by the Syrian Army.
As the director of the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdul-Rahman explained,
“Control of that road was life or death for the future of the regime in Aleppo and for the citizens under the control of the regime. It's important because now they [the regime] can extend supplies to Aleppo.”
Daily Star Lebanon carried the same report which went on to quote the Syrian state news agency which claimed that the Syrian Army, “broke the siege of armed terrorist groups that were preventing food supplies from reaching residents in Aleppo.”
As Albawaba News points out this development on the battlefield follows the capture by the Syrian Army of the strategically significant town of Khanaser. Furthermore military forces along with pro-government militias are said to be making advances on villages around the Aleppo province.
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