DAMASCUS (Press Shia) – Syria’s army, backed by volunteer forces, seized a strategic area in western Aleppo after fierce clashes with terrorist groups.

According to Press Shia dispatches, the army troops and volunteer forces continued to make gains in their fight against Takfiri militants in the northwestern city of Aleppo, wresting control of Manyan village.

During the clashes, large groups of the militants were killed and injured, the report added. 

The recapture of the area came after the Syrian forces on Thursday launched a major attack against the terror groups in western Aleppo and liberated al-Assad suburb from the clutches of them.

In a separate development, the Syrian soldiers inflicted major losses on the terrorists, killing 25 of them in northern Aleppo and suburban areas such as Khan al-Asal, al-Mansooreh, and Maskana.

Additionally, a number of oil tankers used by Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) in Syria were destroyed by Syrian artillery in Syria's southwestern city of Sweida.

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.