Syrian Army advances as militants infighting rages
Syrian Army advances as militants infighting rages
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The Syrian Army has retaken territory around the northern city of Aleppo.

An army statement said Syrian Army had pushed out from their base at Aleppo's international airport, southeast of the city, and were moving towards an industrial complex used as a militants base and the al-Bab road, urgently needed by opposition to supply the half of Aleppo under their control.

It said that Syrian Army was in complete control of the Naqareen, Zarzour, Taaneh and Subeihieh areas along the eastern side of Aleppo, which was the major Arab country's commercial hub and most populous city before the conflict erupted.

Fighting between the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and rival Islamists and more opposition militants have killed hundreds of people over two weeks and shaken ISIL, a militant faction led by foreign jihadists.

But ISIL regrouped and retook much of its stronghold in the eastern city of Raqqa on Sunday from remnants of the al-Nusra Front, another al-Qaeda affiliate although much more Syrian in makeup, and Islamist units called the Islamic Front.

ISIL took control of the town of al-Bab, east of Aleppo, from other militnts.

The Opposition Observatory said eight fighters from Ahrar al-Sham, a unit within the Islamic Front, were killed by an ISIL car bomb in the western province of Idlib just before midnight on Monday.

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