DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:00 P.M.) – The Islamic State may be on its way to relocating its self-declared caliphate in Idlib Province given a new advance by ISIS militants in the northeastern countryside of Hama.

On Tuesday afternoon, ISIS fighters reportedly wrestled control of Muylah Ben Hadid town after skirmishes with Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), the largest opposition group in Syria.

Following the advance, ISIS has pushed its forward positions to within 10 kilometers of the administrative border with Idlib. At the moment, some 25 villages and hamlets in rural Hama are under Islamic State control.

Over the past week, HTS has neutralized at least two groups of undercover ISIS members discovered traveling from Idlib towards the Hama pocket although dozens of sleeper cells are believed to have slipt undetected through HTS lines.

Due to recent advances in Hama and simultaneous losses in Deir Ezzor, ISIS is on the verge of becoming more powerful in the former region compared to the latter.

Meanwhile, fresh reports indicate that HTS has launched a major counter-offensive against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in southern Aleppo on Tuesday, possibly retaking the strategic frontier town of Rashadiyah. Al-Masdar News is yet to independently confirm the latter advance.

Advertisements
Share this article:
  • 84
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    84
    Shares
ALSO READ  Breaking: Mass grave with 1,500 bodies unearthed in Raqqa city
Student currently living in Denmark. Special focus on news from Syria, MENA map-making and strategical military analysis.

Notice: All comments represent the view of the commenter and not necessarily the views of AMN.

All comments that are not spam or wholly inappropriate are approved, we do not sort out opinions or points of view that are different from ours.

This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion

Please treat this discussion with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.

These are not hard and fast rules, merely guidelines to aid the human judgment of our community and keep this a clean and well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling
  • Ad hominem attacks
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content
  • Knee-jerk contradiction

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.