World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters have launched a new phase in Operation Euphrates Shield to liberate Aleppo's northeastern district of Al-Bab.
The FSA arrived within two kilometers (1.4 miles) of Al-Bab late on Saturday.
FSA forces also took control of six villages -- Hazvan, Susyan, Aldana, Kiyran, Uglan and Avlan -- and other residential areas from ISIL by 2.00 a.m. local time (1100GMT) Sunday, coming close to ISIL-controlled Al-Bab.
The move comes after extremist organizations -- the PKK and PYD -- also approached the ISIL-held area.
Almost 1,600 square kilometers (617 square miles) of land in northern Syria have been cleared of ISIL extremists as part of Operation Euphrates Shield so far.
FSA fighters recently took control of five villages in Mare, northwest of Al-Bab, and Manbij, east of Al-Bab.
Sunday marks the 82nd day of Operation Euphrates Shield.Last Mod: 26 Aralık 2016, 09:56