REUTERS - Syrian government forces backed by heavy Russian air strikes have recaptured a town seized by Islamic State near the road used by the army to access Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Thursday.
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The town of Khanaser is located some 50 kilometers (30 miles) to the southeast of Aleppo city. ISIS captured it two days ago, the Observatory said. In a separate report, Syrian state media said the army had "restored security and stability" to Khanaser.
It was not immediately clear if the road to Aleppo, which has been cut as a result of the attack, was reopened. The government has been forced to use the Khanaser road to reach Aleppo because insurgents control the main highway to the city further west.