Syrian regime forces capture parts of Aleppo while rebels move against Daesh in Raqqa
Smoke billows from buildings during battles on the northwest outskirts of Aleppo, Syria. (AFP/File)
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based war monitor, said the army and its allies have made several advances on the divided city’s western edge this week, obstructing the rebel offensive to break the siege on opposition-held districts.
Syrian opposition forces backed by the United States are moving closer to an assault on the Daesh stronghold of Raqqa it is reported they are some 30-35 kilometres from Raqqa having recently gained control of the town of al-Heesha al Sughra.
The Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov is now in region off the coast of Syria to reinforce Syrian government forces.
By Chris Cummins
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