BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:35 P.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIL) is losing ground rapidly across Syria, forcing them to often abandon areas they once enjoyed unrivaled control over.

In particular, the Islamic State had been relatively unchallenged in the eastern countryside of Hama, thanks in large part to their massive presence across central Syria.

However, this is no longer the case, as units from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) close-in everyday on the Islamic State’s positions in eastern Hama.

On Tuesday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s Qalamoun Shield forces of the 3rd Division resumed their offensive operations near the town of Salba, liberating a large hilltop overlooking the area from the east.

According to a military source at the Hama Airport, the Syrian Arab Army liberated Tal Mazara’ this afternoon, following a fierce battle with the remaining Islamic State terrorists in the area.

With Tal Mazara’ now under their control, the Syrian Arab Army will now turn their attention to Salba, where they hope to enter the town in the coming days.

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