BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:41 P.M.) – Forces of the Syrian Arab Army and allied paramilitary groups have kicked-off a major offensive operation against ISIS in the northeastern countryside of Hama province.

Military-affiliated sources report that assault units of the Syrian Army, Qalamoun Shield Forces and Liwa al-Quds (Palestinian pro-government militia) have launched an offensive against ISIS in northeast Hama aimed a preventing any further expansion of the terrorist group’s presence throughout the region.

So far pro-government forces have carried out the first wave of their assault via the Rahjan-Umm Sahreej axis and have so far managed to capture the village of At-Taffaha and the hills of Tal Mutilat.

Tal Mutilat’s seizure gives the Syrian Army fire control over the ISIS-held towns of Bo Kahf (incorrectly reported as being captured yesterday) and Aniq Bajrah.

The government offensive against ISIS appears to be linked to a major escalation between Syrian army-led forces and the terrorist group and following a series of raids and hit-and-run attacks carried out by the latter against the former throughout the Hama-Idlib border region over the last several days.

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