February 9, 2017 / 5:22 PM / a year ago

Syrian army secures villages on southern edge of IS-held al-Bab - state media

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syria’s army secured a string of villages on the southern edge of the Islamic State-held city of al-Bab on Thursday in campaign that has made rapid gains against the militants in recent days, state media said.

The state-owned Ikhbariyah news channel said the army had control of the villages of Touman, Uwaishiyah, Hawarat Tadef and several others and were now clearing out hundreds of mines and explosives planted by the militants.

Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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