Late on February 13, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies secured several new areas to the north of the strategic M5 highway.
According to the Military Media, the army imposed control of the areas of Zaharat al-Mada’n, al-Ruduan and Shamico. These areas are located in the western Aleppo countryside.
Earlier today, the SAA captured the area of al-Muhandisin 1 as well as the town of Kafr Joum, also to the north of the M5 highway.
The M5 highway, that was completely secured by the army earlier this week, links the capital, Damascus, with the city of Aleppo, the country’s industrial hub.
The SAA is now reportedly advancing in the area of al-Muhanisin 2. Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and Turkish-backed factions are fiercely fighting to maintain their positions there.