Militants of the Islamic State seize key village on Syria-Turkey border


A Syrian rebel fighter. File photo

ARA News 

ALEPPO – Militant fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Thursday recaptured the key village Brigitta from the Syrian rebels in the northern countryside of Aleppo, military sources reported.

Brigitta, located on the border with Turkey, was a military supply route for the Syrian rebels in the north. 

Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, Saleh Zein, spokesman for the Levant Front (a main rebel group fighting in Aleppo), stressed that ISIS extremists were able to recapture Brigitta village “which is one of the most important locations for the rebels on the Syria-Turkey border”. 

“ISIS seized control of the village after launching fierce attacks on our headquarters there,” Zein said. “The group bombed our positions with heavy artillery, forcing our fighters to withdraw from the village.”  

Last week, the Sultan Murad Brigade along with fighters from the Levant Front were able to take control of the towns of Dalha and Harjala on the Syrian-Turkish border, supported by Turkish warplanes and the U.S.-led coalition forces. 

On Wednesday, ISIS waged a major offensive on positions of the Syrian rebels in villages and towns recaptured from the group last week in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo, military sources reported.

The terror group was able at last to seize al-Kafra after fierce clashes with rebels.

Reporting by: Taim Khalil

Source: ARA News

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