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News number: 9203181382

15:15 | 2013-06-11

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Military Expert: Army to Determine Fate of Syrian Conflict in Days

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army launched a massive operation to determine the fate of the conflict in the country within days, a senior military expert said.



Retired Army General Yahya Suleiman told the Arabic-language Alalam News Network on Tuesday that Syrian government forces are advancing in the suburbs of the country's largest city, Aleppo to retake rebel-held areas in the North.

General Suleiman added that the Syrian government forces began to flush out foreign-backed insurgents from around Damascus after drawing up a strategic plan to clear the whole country from militancy.

He said the army's most important objective now is to eliminate militants in Aleppo after liberating the border city of al-Qusseir from armed groups. Al-Qusseir was an important center and supply route for the armed groups.

On Monday, Syrian army forces clashed with militants as they advanced from three directions to free Aleppo and cut off insurgents supply lines in the North.

Army troops have also managed to block an insurgent assault on the Minnegh air base and Aleppo's Central Prison.

The Syrian army has scored victories against the militants in recent days, liberating the strategic towns of al-Qusseir, Quneitra and Daba'a in the West.

Syrian government forces also managed to retake control of several villages near al-Qusseir on June 7 and pushed the militants out of the central villages of Salhiyeh and Masoudiyeh.