Islamic State seizes key regime highway near Aleppo

Russia’s aerial bombardment of Syria in support of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad showed further signs of backfiring last night as Islamic State forces seized a key supply line into the city of Aleppo.

The jihadists of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) cut the highway from the rest of government-held territory on Friday in a significant blow as the regime tries to dislodge rebels from the shattered city.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, said at least 28 Isil fighters and 21 government troops and allied militia had been killed in the battle for the highway.