Syrian government forces are working to secure their recent gains against ISIS and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) in eastern Idlib and northeastern Hama.
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies recently captured a large area from ISIS and establsihed control over the former ISIS-held pocket in northeastern Hama. Separately, SAA troops repelled an attack by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in the area of Abu al-Duhur in eastern Idlib.
Nonetheless, a group of ISIS members were able to break the SAA encirclement of the northeastern Hama pocket and to flee to the province of Idlib where it captured few villages from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. These villages became a target of operations by both the SAA and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.