Assad forces gain ground with aid of Russian strikes

Assad forces capture two towns in Syria's Homs Province with aid of Russian air strikes

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Syrian Army soldiers loyal to Syria regime leader Bashar al Assad stand in Talet Nabi Youssef in Aleppo Province, after claiming to have regained control of the town, January 23, 2014.

Forces loyal to regime leader Bashar Assad have taken control of two towns in western Syria amid heavy battles with DAESH with the aid of Russian air strikes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) monitoring group said on Monday.

Syrian state media also reported that Assad forces had taken control of the towns of Mheen and Hawwarin, both located to the southeast of Homs city, and killed a number of DAESH terrorists.

The two towns are located to the east of the north-south highway passing through Syria's major cities and are also near roads linking the DAESH-held city of Palmyra in the central Syrian desert to the western cities.

The SOHR also reported Syrian and Russian aircraft had conducted dozens of air strikes in the area surrounding the two towns.

Russia, one of Assad’s main allies, began conducting air strikes in Syria on Sept. 30 in support of pro-Assad forces.

The US, Turkey and Gulf Arab states have repeatedly accused Moscow of mainly targeting opposition fighters and opposition-held territories that have no links to DAESH during the campaign.

TRTWorld and agencies