According to a report, the terrorist group of al - Nusra Front has started firing mortars into residential neighborhoods of Nobbol and al - Zahra in northern Aleppo to provide the ground for further progress in the districts.
Elsewhere in western coastal province of Latakia, a dozen of al - Nusra Front militants were killed in the latest round of army attack to their bastion in Saraya area in the suburb of Latakia.
Moreover, Syrian Defense Minister Fahd al - Freij visited army troops in Khaldiyeh, a Homs district the army won back from the militants’control in late July, state news agency SANA said on Monday.
The general conducted " a tour of Khaldiyeh, where he visited the army units that had restored security and stability in the neighborhood, " SANA said.
The army ' s takeover of Khaldiyeh, in the central city of Homs, came after an intense month - long campaign of daily air and artillery shelling.
Like other districts under militants’ control in Homs, Khaldiyeh had been under a suffocating army siege for more than a year.
The army ' s takeover of Khaldiyeh was its second military success since June when it captured the militants - held town of Qusayr in Homs province.
Freij ' s visit comes a day after President Bashar al - Assad said the country ' s crisis could only be solved by " striking terror with an iron fist ".
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011.
Western powers and their regional allies - including the Israeli regime, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar - continue to support militant groups, including al - Qaeda - linked terrorists, in Syria.
Many of the militants operating inside Syria are reportedly foreign nationals.