Assad’s forces make advances, further securing Aleppo region

  • In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Speaker of the People’s Council of Syria Hammouda Sabbagh, center right, receives Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, second left, on his arrival to the airport, in the Syrian capital Damascus, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. (SANA via AP)

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syrian troops have made significant advances against the last rebel held enclaves in the country’s northwest, state media said on Sunday, consolidating the government’s hold over the key Aleppo province.