BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:24 P.M.) – Another town in Hama province has been captured by the Syrian Army and allied paramilitaries from Islamic State militants as part of a rapidly escalating government operation aimed at liquidating the terrorist group’s presence throughout northwest Syria.
Moments ago, military-affiliated sources reported that the town of Abu Kanadiq Janoubi in the northeast countryside of Hama province was seized by Syrian pro-government forces.
The capture of Abu Kanadiq Janoubi represents a capitalization on gains made by the Syrian Army and allied forces in the province during Wednesday which saw troops take control of Jubb Raziq and Abyan.
Abu Kanadiq Janoubi is a key stepping stone en-route to the ISIS-held crossroad towns of Suruj and Judaydah, about seven kilometers to the north and 4 kilometers to the northwest respectively.
After several stops and starts, it appears that pro-government forces are now committing to their operation to completely annihilate ISIS in northwest Syria.
To this end, the terrorist group’s bastion throughout the region is already encircled by the Syrian Army, however the militants within it control nearly one hundred towns and villages, meaning that the operation to liquidate it may take several weeks or even several months.