BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:55 P.M.) – Amid ongoing offensive operations by the Syrian Arab Army and allied paramilitary groups against Islamist militias in the southern countryside of Aleppo province, elite troops have taken control of yet another town as they eye-out a possible advance towards the rebel stronghold of Al-Eis.

Military-affiliated sources report that forces of the Syrian Army’s Republican Guard have seized from armed rebel groups the town of Tal Mamu in the last hour after kicking-off another day off offensive operations in southern Idlib.

Whilst en-route to the rebel-held city of Saraqib in eastern Idlib, Tal Mamu‘s capture by Syrian troops also puts them in a position to strike north towards the strategic hilltop town of Al-Eis.

The threatening of rebel positions at Al-Eis from the southern direction by the Syrian Army comes at a time when the Turkish Army has made moves to establish observation points around the town in order to block possible advances by pro-government forces towards it.

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