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Syria: Army spokesperson announces liberation of Rabia01:36

Syria: Army spokesperson announces liberation of Rabia

Syrian Arab Republic, Damascus
January 26, 2016 at 15:52 GMT +00:00 · Published

Syrian Arab Army spokesperson Ali Muaeeb announced that the government's Armed Forces had recaptured the town of Rabia in the northern countryside of the Lattakia Governorate from the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ ISIL) and other militant groups, during a press conference from Damascus, Tuesday.

According to Muaeeb, the town of Rabia was the last major opposition stronghold in the province, which stretches along the border with Turkey. Units of the Syrian Army took control of the town and 18 other surrounding towns and villages, "with a total area of more than 120 square kilometres (46 square miles), killing large numbers of terrorists and forcing the rest of them towards the Turkish border, which caused a complete collapse in their ranks," he added.

The mountainous area around Rabia had complicated the military operation which had been underway for a month. The Rabia operation was accompanied by active participation of the Russian Air Force.

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Syrian Arab Army spokesperson Ali Muaeeb announced that the government's Armed Forces had recaptured the town of Rabia in the northern countryside of the Lattakia Governorate from the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ ISIL) and other militant groups, during a press conference from Damascus, Tuesday.

According to Muaeeb, the town of Rabia was the last major opposition stronghold in the province, which stretches along the border with Turkey. Units of the Syrian Army took control of the town and 18 other surrounding towns and villages, "with a total area of more than 120 square kilometres (46 square miles), killing large numbers of terrorists and forcing the rest of them towards the Turkish border, which caused a complete collapse in their ranks," he added.

The mountainous area around Rabia had complicated the military operation which had been underway for a month. The Rabia operation was accompanied by active participation of the Russian Air Force.

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