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The strategically important highway between the Syrian cities of Aleppo and Damascus for the first time since 2012 is completely under the control of the forces of President Bashar al-Assad. This was reported by the Syrian Observatory for human rights, Reuters reports.
We are talking about the key M5 highway, which runs through the whole of Syria. It connects Aleppo to the North by the cities of Hama, HOMS and Damascus, and the southern reaches of the province of Deraa and the border with Jordan. The track allows the military to quickly transfer technology and to haul supplies.
Government forces took the highway under control after recaptured the city Sarakibe in Idlib province, through which the road passes. Through this settlement is another important highway, linking Aleppo with Latakia port on the Mediterranean sea. Now her half is on the territory controlled by the rebels.
The Syrian army in Idlib leads a large-scale operation against militants, despite the initiated by Russia and Turkey, the cease-fire. Government forces managed to move into the province and take several key towns on the way to the capital of the region, including the Sarakibe, captured by the rebels in November 2012. In the city there are four Turkish observation post. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Damascus that if by the end of February the troops will not be withdrawn behind the line of posts, then Ankara will take action.
On 10 February Turkey launched a heavy attack on the Syrian army. Cause of fire called the attack on Turkish security forces in Idlib province, in which five people died and five more suffered.
After the news of the capture by the Syrians of Sarakibe became aware of the transfer in region of additional military contingent, armoured vehicles and special forces units. The Kremlin said that concerned about what is happening in the province.
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