BEIRUT

Middle East

ISIS closing in on Syrian rebel stronghold

In this photo taken during a Syrian government-led media tour, a Syrian soldier, center, gives others instructions on a map during the media tour in Mleiha, some 10 kilometers (6 miles) southeast of downtown Damascus, Syria, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. (AP Photo)

BEIRUT: Activists say fighters from ISIS have captured three villages in northern Syria as they close in on a stronghold of rival rebels.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday that the jihadi group's gunmen overran the village of Maled near the town of Marea in Aleppo province late Friday.

Fayez Abu Quteibah, an activist in the area, said the group also captured two other villages near Marea - Hamidieh and Sonbol.

Those gains come days after the extremists overran several other villages and two towns in Aleppo province.

ISIS' ultimate goal appears to be Marea itself, which is a stronghold of the once-powerful Islamic Front rebel group that has been fighting the jihadists since January.

 

Recommended

Advertisement

Comments

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)

comments powered by Disqus

Advertisement

FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE

Interested in knowing more about this story?

Click here