On February 8, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued its advance towards the town of al-Eis in Aleppo’s southwestern countryside.
The army’s elite 25th Special Forces Division overrun most of the remaining militants’ defenses west of al-Eis, imposing control of the towns of Maryudah, Tell Bajir, Kusiniya, al-Shiekh Ahmad, Abu Kannseh, Umm Atabah, Rasm al-Eis, Rasm al-Saharij and Jub Kas.
SAA forces are now stationed 4 km away from al-Eis’ western outskirt. A day earlier, the army and its allies reached the town’s northern outskirt after capturing the towns of Zaytan and Birnah.
Al-Eis’ hilltop, which rises 365m above sea level, overlooks a long strip of the M5 highway. The strategic road links the capital, Damascus, with Aleppo city, the country’s industrial hub.
The SAA will likely besiege al-Eis in the upcoming few hours. The remaining militants’ defenses in the area are rapidly collapsing.