‘Aleppo to be insurgent-free in 10 days’
A senior Syrian army commander says the Syrian military forces will clear the northern city of Aleppo from insurgents within 10 days.
The military commander, who commands the Syrian army forces in the flashpoint city, said that they have been concentrating their efforts on securing the two key districts of Salah al-Din and Saif al-Dawla.
He said that the district of Salah al-Din has been under their partial control since August 9, while fighting was still continuing in Saif al-Dawla.
The commander said that once the two districts are under the army’s full control, other areas of the city will easily be cleared of the remaining insurgents.
The Syrian army says that 7000 insurgents had infiltrated Aleppo, 2000 of which were killed last month alone.
Meanwhile, in a strongly worded statement on Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry denounced the armed insurgents for threatening to target civilian airports in Damascus and Aleppo.
“We consider such threats absolutely unacceptable,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
The foreign-backed insurgents declared in a statement that they would consider Damascus and Aleppo airports as “military targets” and that civilian aircrafts in the airports would be shot down.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Damascus says outlaws, saboteurs, and the insurgents are behind the unrest, while the opposition accuses the security forces of killing protesters.
The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the armed militants are foreign nationals.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on August 1 that the country is engaged in a “crucial and heroic” battle that will determine the destiny of the nation.