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The Syrian army took the key town of Khan Shaykhun the southern Syrian province of Idlib. About it RIA Novosti reported field source.
According to him, in the settlement operations of the clearing and demining. According to Al-Masdar News, the Syrian troops also try to protect the areas to the East of the city.
While South of Khan shaykhun left uncontrolled Syrians district: there in the town of Morek is a Turkish observation post. He was actually in the environment.
That the militants are retreating for fear of encirclement by government forces, it was reported on August 20. In the end the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gained control of a key town that militants held for five years.
August 19, the Syrian air force struck the invading country Turkish column: earlier in the day armored vehicles entered the city the Sarakibe and moved towards Khan shaykhun. According to the Turks, the shells exploded in close proximity to combat vehicles, but the losses were not reported. The Syrian military also blocked the Turks the way to the North of the city, cutting it from opposition groups.
Area of de-escalation in Idlib is one of four existing in Syria. It was created by Russia and Turkey in 2017. Most of it is still not demilitarized and is under the control of militants grouping “Hayat Tahrir al-sham” (HTS created on the basis of the banned in Russia “Dzhabhat EN-Nusra”) and the armed Syrian opposition. Moscow and Damascus believe the majority of insurgents in the zone by terrorists. The civil war in Syria is in the spring of 2011.
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