On January 16, government forces recaptured 8 villages from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other militant groups in southern Aleppo and southeastern Idlib.
In southern Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies restored control over Marhamiyah, Uwaynat Kabirah, Mash and Tal Mash. Meanwhile, government forces regained Tal Maraq, Tal Jaduyah, Saloumiyah and Sham Hawa from militants in southern Idlib.
Despite this, the situation in the area of Abu al-Duhur remained tense. The SAA’s counter-attack prevented the militnats’ attempt to isolate army troops deployed south of the Abu al-Duhur Airbase, but Hayat Tahrir al-Sham kept enough forces to continue pressuring governemnt troops there.