DAMASCUS (Press Shia) – Syria’s military forces fully surrounded members of the terrorist group al-Nusra Front in Khan al-Shih, a town southwest of capital Damascus, after recapturing a missile defense base in the area.

The Syrian troops have tightened the noose around Takfiri terrorists in the town of Khan al-Shih, known as the stronghold of al-Nusra Front, in Western Ghouta.

Following the Syrian army’s success to take control of a nearby air defense base, the terrorists are now stuck in Khan al-Shih with no option but to surrender, local forces said.

The army launched a major offensive to liberate Khan al-Shih on October 1.

Elsewhere in the north, fierce clashes are underway between the Army and the terrorist group in western neighborhoods of Aleppo.

As Syrian fighter jets continue to target al-Nusra Front positions near al-Hamdaniya neighborhood southwest of Aleppo, the Army has been deploying more equipment to the area.

Aleppo, once Syria’s commercial and industrial hub, has been divided roughly in two since 2012, with the government controlling mostly the west and terrorists the east.

Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL), currently controlling parts of it.

According to a report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the country’s pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.