Late on February 8, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) advanced further along the strategic M5 highway, securing several new areas.
According to pro-government sources, the army imposed control of the towns of Buwaybiyah and al-Kusaybiyah as well as the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA).
Earlier today, the SAA liberated the town of al-Eis and its hilltop in the southwestern Aleppo countryside. Later, the army began advancing along the M5 highway, one of the main targets of the ongoing military operation.
The highway, which runs through Homs, Hama and Idlib, links the country’s capital, Damascus, with the northern city of Aleppo.
Syrian and Russian warplanes are now targeting the remaining militants’ positions north of the M5. The SAA will likely secure more areas along the road in the upcoming few hours.