Syrian government forces hold a portrait of late Syrian president Hafez Assad as they drive near smoke billowing from Aleppo's thermal power plant after re-taking the area from ISIS on Feb. 21, 2016. AFP / GEORGE OURFALIAN
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The Syrian army and ISIS waged fierce battles on Wednesday around Khanaser, a strategic town southeast of Aleppo, where an attack by the jihadi group has cut the main land route to the city during three days of fighting.The latest attack cut a main army supply route to parts of Aleppo where the Syrian army, backed by Russian warplanes, Iran's Revolutionary Guards and Lebanon's Hezbollah, has been gaining ground. ISIS also said it hit an army convoy between Salamiya and Athriya that was heading to Khanaser. Russian airstrikes hit ISIS outposts near Khanaser while army artillery pounded them from government-held Safira, a rebel source said.
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