On February 12, units of the Syrian Army and other pro-government factions launched an attack to capture the village of Khan Nuran in western Aleppo from Hayat Tarhrir al-Sham (formerly the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda).
On February 11, government forces already made a similar attempt. However, then, they were not able to break the defense of militants and retreated after a series of intense clashes. The February 12 advance is likely aimed at changing this situation.
If Khan Nuran is liberated, it will become a useful strong point of Syrian government forces in their wider effort to secure the part of the M5 highway that runs in western Aleppo.
Meanwhile, army troops already liberated the village of Sheikh Ali.
The article was updated at 2:46 PM 12.02.2020
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