The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have liberated about 305km2 from ISIS terrorists in the northeastern Hama pocket since January 30.
The advance in the area is amed at securing the rear of the government forces group involved in the operation against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) in the province of Idlib.
According to pro-government sources, the SAA is now aiming to divide the militant-held pocket into two separated parts advancing along the border between the provinces of Aleppo and Hama. This will allow to limite the maneuver of the remaining ISIS units and to defeat them one by one.
On the same time, government forces keep pressuring ISIS in the southern part of the pocket to draw their resources and to prevent major ISIS counter-attacks.