Syria militant leader dies in Aleppo

A leader of foreign-backed militants in Syria has died of wounds suffered in an airstrike carried out by the Syrian army in the northwestern province of Aleppo.

Abdelqader Saleh, head of the so-called al-Tawhid Brigade, who had been injured on November 14, died in a Turkish hospital on Monday.

The Tawhid Brigade has also confirmed the death.

Another militant commander, Youssef al-Abbas, known as Abu al-Tayyeb, was also killed during the airstrike on November 14.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday that four other militant commanders were also killed in separate incidents in Aleppo and the central province of Homs.

A defected army colonel who commanded another militant brigade was killed in clashes in the Maaret al-Artiq area of Aleppo.

In recent weeks, the Syrian army has made major advances in its fight against the foreign-backed militant groups.

On November 16, the army kept up its operations against militant positions in Harasta, the northeastern suburb of Damascus. The Syrian troops also recaptured positions in the town of Tel Hasel on the outskirts of the city of Aleppo.

Syrian soldiers also managed to regain control of the towns of Hawarin and Mahin in the eastern countryside of Homs Province.

Nearly three years of crisis in Syria has claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people, according to statistics compiled by the United Nations. Millions of people have also been displaced due to the turmoil.

By Press TV


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