Syrian government forces monitor an area near the village of Khan Tuman, south from the provincial capital of Aleppo, December 22, 2015. (Photo by AFP)
Syrian government forces are fighting back a major offensive by al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria
, al-Nusra Front, in southern Aleppo amid reports that scores of the militants have lost their lives in fierce clashes.
The Syrian army troops delivered a major blow to al-Nusra Front terrorists after the latter launched an attack on the government forces in the village of Khan Tuman, located about 10 kilometers (six miles) southwest of Aleppo, on Thursday.
According to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Friday, dozens of the Takfiri terrorists as well as government forces lost their lives during the heavy fighting.
It further claimed that the Takfiri militants had managed to retake Khan Tuman and its surrounding villages from the army troops.
The Syrian military is yet to confirm reports about Khan Tuman’s fall into the hands of the terrorists. The Syrian Armed Forces had driven the terrorist out of Khan Tuman in December.
The Takfiri militants operating in the Arab country seem to be taking advantage of a two-day truce between the Syrian government and non-extremist militants in Aleppo.
“The Syrian military says it will respect a 48-hour Aleppo truce after Russia and the US agreed to extend a cessation of hostilities in Syria to the province,” said a statement issued by the Syrian army command on Wednesday.
Aleppo has been divided between government forces in the west and militants in the east since 2012.
Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. Damascus accuses Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar of funding and arming anti-Syria terrorist groups, including Daesh.
According to a February report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the country’s pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.