BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:31 P.M.) – Another two towns along the Aleppo-Idlib provincial border have been snatched from the control of Islamist militias by the Syrian Arab Army and allied forces.

In the last hour, military-affiliated sources reported that the Syrian Army and paramilitary allies drove Islamist fighters from the towns of Tal Alloush and Khirbat al-Wakad amid ongoing operations across the southwestern countryside of Aleppo province.

The capture of the two settlements is a further capitalization on gains made by Syrian pro-government forces over the course of Wednesday and Thursday which saw the seizure of around two dozen towns across east Idlib and southwest Aleppo.

The latest advance comes after reports arose that a key army formation known as the Tiger Forces Division – famous for spearheading major offensives – may be disengaging from their operation against Idlib-based rebel groups in preparation for a new engagement against Islamic State terrorists in northeast Hama province.

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