Syrian rebels regain control of villages in Aleppo after clashes with ISIS


Rebels of al-Akrad Front. File photo

ARA News

Aleppo, Syria – Al-Akrad Front brigade (Jabhat al-Akrad) –linked to the Free Syrian Army (FSA)– regained control of four villages in the countryside of the city of Mare’ in Aleppo province, northern Syria, after clashes with militants fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), an al-Qaeda offshoot.

Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, the official spokesman of al-Akrad Front brigade, Ahmed Hisso, said that the clashes between the two sides continued over the last two days.

“The battles ended with our regaining of control over the villages of al-Shahbaa, Hisajik, al-Wardiya and al-Hisya,” Hisso said, pointing out that al-Akrad rebels started their recent military operation under the banner “loyalty to the martyrs of the Shahbaa”.

“Al-Akrad Front forces attacked the headquarters of IS militants in the region, forcing them to withdraw from those villages,” Hisso told ARA News.

According to the brigade’s spokesman, other FSA rebel battalions backed al-Akrad Front in the recent operations against IS (ISIS/ISIL) in Aleppo.

Hisso said that two of their fighters (al-Akrad Front) were wounded during the fighting, and were taken to the field hospital of Azaz. He also pointed out that two IS militants were killed on Friday and three others were captured.

Noteworthy, the Islamic State group advanced in Aleppo province after clashes with Syrian rebels in early August. Brigades and battalions of the FSA are currently fighting back to regain control of the IS-held areas in the province.


Reporting by: Ridwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

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