It was a long night in Jabal Al-Eiss for both the Syrian Armed Forces and the Islamist rebels from Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham as they battled for this strategic town located 5km east of the Damascus-Aleppo Highway (M-5).

With Jabal Al-Eiss about to fall to the Syrian Armed Forces, Iraqi/Iranian paramilitary units, and Hezbollah, the Islamist rebels from Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham made a desperate plea for reinforcements to help push back the encroaching enemy combatants; however, this proved too little too late as the pro-government forces overpowered them and seized this integral town.

Following the loss of Jabal Al-Eiss to the pro-government forces, the Islamist rebels from Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki suffered another loss; this time, it was the small hilltop village of Tal Bajjar, which is located just south of Jabal Al-Eiss and southwest of the strategic city of Al-Hadher.

According to a military correspondent on the ground with the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division, the Syrian Armed Forces, Hezbollah, and their Iraqi/Iranian allies have taken control of 341 square kilometers of territory since early October in southern Aleppo.

As a result of their success in southern Aleppo, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies have paved the way for their reentry into the Idlib Governorate; this same province that they were forced to withdraw from over the summer.

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How wonderful! Congrats to great enduring fighting by the pro-Assad gov forces – and also more answers to our prayers!

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The Nws is getting Better and Better , well done keep kicking ISIL a**e . and stay safe .