Syrian army takes control of strategic village north of Aleppo

March 18, 2015 12:32 PM

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's military took control of a village north of partly insurgent-held Aleppo on Wednesday, state media and a monitoring group said, giving it increased control of an area which armed groups have used as a supply route into the city.

The army, backed by militia, took Handarat after 10 days of fierce fighting with al Qaeda's Syrian wing and other Islamist brigades, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks the war using sources on the ground.

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