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Syria Troops Make Gains in Aleppo      02/08 06:28

   BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian army troops recaptured a new village north of Aleppo 
Monday, bringing troops and allied militiamen to within a few kilometers of the 
Turkish border as part of a major Russian-backed offensive in the area, the 
Syrian government and opposition activists said.

   State-run news agency SANA said army troops took control of the village of 
Kfeen in the northern countryside of Aleppo "after wiping out the last group of 
terrorists there."

   Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV and the pro-Syrian, Lebanon-based Al-Mayadeen 
station also reported Kfeen's capture and aired live footage from the village.

   The government offensive around the city of Aleppo has sent tens of 
thousands of Syrians fleeing toward the border with Turkey. Turkish authorities 
say up to 35,000 Syrians have massed along the border, which remained closed 
for a fourth day on Monday.

   Turkey has come under mounting pressure to open its border to assist the 
fleeing Syrians, many of whom have been sleeping in cold weather in open fields 
near the Bab al-Salameh border crossing.

   The Turkish deputy premier said Sunday that Turkey has reached the end of 
its "capacity to absorb" refugees. The governor of the Turkish border province 
of Kilis said that Turkey would provide aid to the displaced within Syria, but 
would only open the gates in the event of an "extraordinary crisis."

   The army gains have allowed troops to almost fully encircle Aleppo, Syria's 
largest city and one-time commercial center, preparing the way for a blockade. 
The main supply line to the Turkish border has already been cut and many 
residents of the city were looking to leave, anticipating severe shortages in 
the coming days.

   The army has been aided by massive Russian airpower and dozens of fighters 
from the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah group as well as Iranian fighters.

   The capture of Kfeen brought troops to about five kilometers (three miles) 
away from the town of Tel Rifaat, and about 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) from the 
Turkish border --- the closest point to the Turkish border reached by 
government forces since they lost the Mannagh air base in mid- 2013.


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