BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:47 P.M.) – Forces of the Syrian Arab Army and allied paramilitary groups have restarted offensive operations along the provincial border of Idlib and Aleppo following a break in bad weather conditions.
After having their operations halted for several days due to rain, fog and mud, Syrian pro-government forces have resumed their drive across the countryside linking east Idlib to southwest Aleppo.
According to military-affiliated sources, Syrian troops – backed up by artillery – have seized the hilltop of Tal Al-Waz (located northwest of the recently captured town of At-Tarfawi) in southern Aleppo from Islamist militias.
This advance serves to propel the Syrian Army northward towards the Al-Qaeda stronghold of Atshana ash-Sharqiyah. On this axis, the main formation in action is the Republican Guard.
Elsewhere, other Syrian Army assault units are now advancing southwards from Sheikh Khalil also towards Atshana ash-Sharqiyah with the hope of pushing rebel fighters to abandon the strategic town without a fight under threat of encircling them.
In the greater scheme of things, the current operations being undertaken are centered around expanding the Syrian Army zone of control around the Abu Duhur military airport, reclaimed one week ago to the day now.