Late on February 7, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) advanced further towards its next main target, the town of al-Eis, in the southwestern Aleppo countryside.
The army’s elite 25th Special Forces Division captured the towns of Karrathin, al-Dahiriyah and al-Thuriyah as well as the Ebla University complex on the administrative border between southeast Idlib and southwest Aleppo.
The SAA began advancing towards al-Eis a few hours ago. The army’s Republican Guard and Lebanon’s Hezbollah reached the town’s northern outskirt after capturing Zaytan and Birnah. The 25th Special Forces Division captured Maharim, Ijaz, Khawari, Tall al-Nabariz, Rasm al-Ward, Abbad, Huwayyir al-Eis and Makhalah to the west of the town.
The SAA is not facing any real resistance from al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) or its Turkish-backed allies. Initial information suggests that most of the groups’ militants had run away from the region.
The army will likely besiege al-Eis in the upcoming few days, if not hours. Once the town is liberated, the troops will move to secure the M5 highway.
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