On February 8, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) released the first photos of Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops inside the town of al-Eis and on its hilltop.
The SAA liberated the town and its hilltop a few hours ago after advancing toward them from the northern and western directions.
The army’s 25th Special Forces Division, which advanced from the west, met with the Republican Guard, Lebanese Hezbollah and Iranian-backed forces, which reached al-Eis from the northern direction.
From al-Eis’ hilltop, which rises 365m above sea level, the SAA imposed fire control of a long strip of the M5 highway. The strategic road links the capital, Damascus, with Aleppo city, the country’s industrial hub.
The SAA is now advancing along the M5 highway. Several positions north and south of the road have been already secured by the army.