DAMASCUS (Press Shia Agency) – Syria’s army, backed by volunteer forces, continued its military campaign against Takfiri terrorists in Aleppo, seizing control of al-Assad suburb of the embattled northwestern city.

According to Press Shia Agency dispatches, Syrian forces on Thursday launched a major attack against terrorist groups in western Aleppo and wrested control of al-Assad suburb after killing large groups of the militants in the area.

Simultaneously, Syrian warplanes and choppers heavily pounded the terrorists’ positions, cutting off all their supply routes in the area.

The report added that the Syrian forces are now busy clearing the regained area of the remaining terrorists holed up in parts of al-Assad suburb. They have so far mopped up the terrorists in ten housing complexes in the area.

The latest developments come as reports suggest that major Takfiri groups fighting in Syria are fractured more than anytime as they are struggling to close ranks in the face of army advances on various fronts.

The rift between them is getting deeper as the army has made major advances in its military campaign against the militants in various fronts, including Aleppo.

Aleppo, once Syria’s second largest city before the start of war in the country, has been a major frontline in the fight against different Takfiri militant groups. The city has been divided into two parts. Militants have occupied the city’s eastern parts for four years.

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.