Syrian Troops Capture Villages in Aleppo in Surprise Attack

February 17, 2015 12:16 PM

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Syrian government forces backed by Lebanese militant Hezbollah fighters captured several villages near the northern city of Aleppo in lightning advances on Tuesday, bringing them closer to their goal of besieging rebel-held neighborhoods in the country's largest city, activists said.

In the push, the government troops were able to cut off the highway linking Aleppo with the Turkish border, according to Aleppo-based activist Amer Hassan and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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