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BEIRUT, November 7. /TASS/. The Syrian troops are pursuing armed groups south of Aleppo - the economic capital of the country (360 kilometers from Damascus), the Al Mayadeen TV station reported.
The station said Syrian army fighters came close to the fortified area of extremists of the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group in El Hader and surrounded it. The success on that section of the frontline opens the path for the government forces to conduct an attack on the Ez-Zorba city - another large foothold of gangs near the southern entrance to Aleppo.
Russia’s Aerospace Forces started delivering pinpoint strikes at facilities of the Islamic State terrorist organization in Syria on September 30, 2015. The air group comprises over 50 aircraft and helicopters, including Sukhoi Su-24M, Su-25SM and state-of-the-art Su-34 aircraft. Hundreds of terrorist facilities have been hit by Russian aircraft.
On October 7, four missile ships of the Russian Navy’s Caspian Flotilla fired 26 Kalibr cruise missiles (NATO codename Sizzler) at militants’ facilities in Syria. On October 8, the Syrian army passed to a large-scale offensive.
Russia’s Armed Forces act on a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad. The Russian Federation does not plan to take part in ground operations in Syria.
According to UN statistics, fighting between Syrian government troops and militants has killed more than 200,000 people and displaced millions since its start in 2011.