Aleppo, Syria – Militants of Syria’s al-Qaeda branch, Nusra Front, started evacuating their headquarters in the northern countryside of Aleppo, as the U.S.-led coalition intensified its strikes on Nusra positions, military sources reported on Friday.
Dozens of Nusra militants evacuated their headquarters in the villages of Yaroubiyah, Dalha, Huwar Kallas and Harjala in the northern countryside of Aleppo province, and headed to the opposition-held neighborhoods of Aleppo city, taking with them a large deal of heavy weapons and ammunition.
Speaking to ARA News, the Nusra field commander Abu al-Adham said: “We are securing our forces in preparation for anti-Assad battles in Aleppo, that’s why we evacuated some centers in the countryside and moved our fighters and weapons to the city.”
However, Syrian activists explained that Nusra is trying to take positions in the opposition-held neighborhoods of Aleppo to avoid airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition’s warplanes.
“Nusra has been exposed to heavy losses amid intensified strikes by the coalition, that’s the real reason for the group’s move towards Aleppo city,” media activist Omran Hassan told ARA News in Aleppo.
Reporting by: Taim Khalil
Source: ARA News
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