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article imageSyrian troops seize northern strategic town

By Sami Zaatari     Nov 1, 2013 in World
Syrian troops on Friday captured the strategic town of Safira in the northern province of Aleppo. The capture of the town was confirmed by activists as well as Syrian state television.
The capture of Safira is of strategic significance, as it lies on the road linking the city of Aleppo to that of government held central Syria, and establishes an important supply route for Syrian troops into both Aleppo province, and Aleppo city where Syrian troops have been locked in a stalemate with Syrian rebels for over a year.
The town was under rebel hands since early this year when they managed to capture it after heavy fighting with Syrian troops. The town is also located near Syrian military weapons factories, as well a chemical weapons site, though rebels never managed to take control of those areas.
The Syrian army's capture of Safira is part of a broad Syrian offensive in the Aleppo region that kicked off in early October, with the main objective concerned with reopening supply lines into Aleppo city.
Syrian rebels has managed to cut off all army supply routes into Aleppo city before the October offensive. By early October Syrian troops had managed to reopen the supply route into Aleppo city after capturing another strategic town located on the highway connecting central Syria to that of Aleppo city.
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