On February 2, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies secured yet another town in the southwestern countryside of Aleppo.
According to pro-government sources, the army captured the town of Zitan in the morning. Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its Turkish-backed allies withdrew from the town without showing any real resistance.
A day earlier, the Syrian military reached Zitan’s eastern outskirt after imposing control of the towns of Humayra and Halisah.
The SAA’s elite 4th Davison, Republican Guard as well as several units of Lebanon’s Hezbollah are leading the ongoing ground operation in southwest Aleppo.
The next target of the army and its allies will likely be the town of al-Eis. The town and its high hilltop overlook several militants-held areas in southwest Aleppo and a large part of the strategic M5 highway.