THE Syrian army gained more ground from al-Qaida terrorists yesterday, taking a key hilltop south-west of Aleppo.
Troops chased the Levant Conquest Front and its Western-backed allies from Talet Bazo hill.
The gain puts the army in a position to outflank the 1070 housing complex, which it has been trying to take for months.
Three people, including a seven-year-old girl, were killed when insurgents trapped in east Aleppo shelled the government-held west.
In Kurdish-controlled Afrin, to the north, tens of thousands of mourners turned out for the funeral of 22 members of the YPG and women’s YPJ militia killed in Turkish air raids and fighting with Ankara’s Free Syrian Army allies on Sunday.
Russia’s Izvestia newspaper quoted Russian parliamentary defence committee deputy chairman Franz Klintsevich as saying that Turkey had joined Russia, Syria, Iran and Iraq in pooling intelligence on terrorist forces in Syria.