BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:55 P.M.) – Forces of the Syrian Arab Army and allied paramilitary militias have seized another settlement from ISIS in the northeastern countryside of Hama province amid a new offensive aimed at first containing and then destroying the terrorist group’s presence throughout the region and nearby governorates.

Moments ago, military-affiliated sources reported that the Syrian Army and its allies drove Islamic State terrorists from the town of Hajilah in northeast Hama; pro-government forces further capitalized on their assault by also capturing the nearby hilltop of Tal Mushayrifah.

At the present time, the main pro-government formations partaking in the new offensive against ISIS throughout northeast Hama include the Syrian Army, the Qalamoun Shield Forces and Liwa al-Quds (Syrian-Palestinian militia).

The last week has witnessed what was once a small ISIS bastion in northeast Hama expand into the neighboring provinces of Idlib and Aleppo amid the rapid withdrawal of rival jihadist groups.

This development has provoked the Syrian Army to undertake offensive measures to contain any further growth of the terrorist group’s presence throughout the country’s northwest in preparation for a wider operation to eradicate its bastion altogether.

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