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Government Forces Continue Advancing In Southern Idlib, Western Aleppo After Liberation Of Maarat Al-Numan

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Government Forces Continue Advancing In Southern Idlib, Western Aleppo After Liberation Of Maarat Al-Numan

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Units of the Syrian Army and its allies continued advancing in souther Idlib and western Aleppo after the liberation of the key town of Maarat al-Numan (located on the M5 highway).

It appears that forces of Hayat Tahir al-Sham (the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and its Turkish-backed allies are in disarray amid the recent setbacks in Greater Idlib.

According to pro-government sources, government troops liberated a part of the Rashidin 5 neighborhood, the Khan Tuman farms and several other points in southwestern Aleppo.

Government Forces Continue Advancing In Southern Idlib, Western Aleppo After Liberation Of Maarat Al-Numan

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In southeastern Idlib, army units, led by the Tiger Forces, advanced west and southwest of Maarat al-Numan aiming to clear the entire countryside of he town from militants. According to local sources, the current main goal of the army is to clear the part of the M5 highway between Khan Shaykhun and Maarat al-Numan. The town of Saraqib is also a high priority target, but it’s unlikely that the army will advance towards it, while its rear in southeastern Idlib is not secured.

Government Forces Continue Advancing In Southern Idlib, Western Aleppo After Liberation Of Maarat Al-Numan

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