BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 P.M.) – The Aleppo Governorate is officially free of Islamic State (ISIL) militants after more than two and a half years of occupation and terror.

Led by their elite Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army’s campaign to clear the Khanasser Plain ended last week, when the Islamic State withdrew all of its militants from the region after losing large chunks of territory in western Al-Raqqa.

With the Khanasser Plain liberated, the Syrian Arab Army will now shift its attention to the Islamic State’s last pocket of resistance in the eastern countryside of Salamiyah.

The Salamiyah District of eastern Hama has long had an Islamic State present, dating back to the terrorist group’s offensive in the Fall of 2014, when their forces captured much of the territory between Tabaqa (west Raqqa) and ‘Uqayrbat.

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