Late on January 25, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) reached the outskirt of the city of Ma`arat al-Nu`man in southeast Idlib after capturing the nearby town of Talmenes.
The SAA stormed Talmenes in the afternoon and managed to secure the town following a few hours of clashes with al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies.
Army troops are now less than 4km away from Ma`arat al-Nu`man’s city center, the main target of the ongoing large-scale operation. The city is the biggest urban center in southeast Idlib.
The SAA resumed its ground operation in southeast Idlib a day earlier, capturing several towns, villages and hilltops to the east and southeast of Ma`arat al-Nu`man.
Syrian and Russian warplanes are now targeting the outskirt of Talmenes. This suggests that the army may advance further in the upcoming hours.
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