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Syria: Government forces retake al-Bahsa after ground offensive01:49

Syria: Government forces retake al-Bahsa after ground offensive

Syrian Arab Republic, al-Bahsa
October 9, 2015 at 08:58 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Syrian army regained control of al-Bahsa in the Hama province on Friday, after seizing the village in a ground offensive, backed by Russian airstrikes.

The city of al-Bahsa, which is located 100 kilometers from Latakia, has long been controlled by Islamist groups. However, some scattered groups of fighters are still in the city, trying to resist. The whole village is traversed by underground utility systems, which are being used by militants to relocate.

The Syrian Army started advancing on Thursday, after Russian Air Force jets had managed to destroy various important targets controlled by militant groups. The offensive was reportedly along the line of villages that are dominated by Alawites, an offshoot of Shia Islam, which is considered heretical by the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and other Islamist groups.

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The Syrian army regained control of al-Bahsa in the Hama province on Friday, after seizing the village in a ground offensive, backed by Russian airstrikes.

The city of al-Bahsa, which is located 100 kilometers from Latakia, has long been controlled by Islamist groups. However, some scattered groups of fighters are still in the city, trying to resist. The whole village is traversed by underground utility systems, which are being used by militants to relocate.

The Syrian Army started advancing on Thursday, after Russian Air Force jets had managed to destroy various important targets controlled by militant groups. The offensive was reportedly along the line of villages that are dominated by Alawites, an offshoot of Shia Islam, which is considered heretical by the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and other Islamist groups.