BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:35 P.M.) – Elite troops of the Syrian Arab Army have gained control of two towns north of the recently captured Abu Duhur military airport in eastern Idlib province amid a renewed wave of assaults from multiple axes across the region.

According to military-affiliated sources, assault units of the Syrian Army’s elite Tiger Forces Division have driven Islamist militants from the settlements of Tabbarat Khashkir and Rasem Jina in Idlib’s eastern countryside.

Both towns are located north of the Abu Duhur airbase, which itself was captured on Saturday after hours of clashes.

The seizure of Tabbarat Khashkir and Rasem Jina comes as Syrian troops are also striking west of the military installation towards the city of Abu Duhur, reportedly entering it on Sunday morning.

At the present time, the main armed rebel groups operating in the immediate vicinity of the Abu Duhur airbase have been identified as Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) and the Turkistan Islamic Party; both are Al-Qaeda affiliates.

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