Late on February 8, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) started advancing along the strategic Damascus-Aleppo highway, officially known as the M5.
Army units captured the town of Tell Hadiyah in the southwestern Aleppo countryside and the town of Talhiyah in the southeastern countryside of Idlib. Tell Hadiyah is located south of the M5, while Talhiyah is located north of it.
Pro-government sources also claimed that the army secured the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) that’s located northeast of Tell Haiyah. However, this is yet to be confirmed.
Earlier, the SAA liberated the town of al-Eis that was one of the main targets of the ongoing military operation. From the town’s high hilltop, the army imposed fire control of a long strip of the M5 highway.
The SAA will likely capture more areas along the M5 in the upcoming few hours. Syrian and Russian warplanes are now providing army troops with close air support, once again.