Rumors swirled around Syria on Saturday that the Syrian government’s only supply route to the Aleppo Governorate was recaptured by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies after they secured the integral village of Hammam in northeast Hama.
As it turns out; this was not the case, as the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham” (ISIS) enjoys full control over the Al-‘Azeeb Checkpoint that is located along the Sheikh Hilal-Ithriyah Road.
Despite the news about the government supply route still being cutoff, the Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” – in close coordination with Hezbollah, the Republican Guard, and the National Defense Forces (NDF) – were able to capture a number of points along the Sheikh Hilal-Ithriyah Road, leaving only the Al-‘Azeeb Checkpoint under ISIS control.
The Syrian Armed Forces are expected seize this last checkpoint in the coming hours, which will finally secure this important government supply route.
However, the Syrian Armed Forces will have to build a larger buffer-zone around this important supply route to the Aleppo Governorate, as it has been cutoff by ISIS at least 2 times in the last 5 months.