On Monday morning, ISIS forces were able to infiltrate and recapture three villages from Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions in northern Aleppo, according to Amaq Agency.
After Turkish-backed rebels took control of seven nearby villages yesterday, the Islamic State was able to retake the villages of Aq Burhan, Ash Shudud and Ablah earlier today.
The latter villages have changed hands four times in the past week after a series of hit-and-run operations and tactical withdrawals by commanders on both sides.
Today’s ISIS advance covered roughly 2 kilometers ground; effectively, the FSA is now pushed back to positions 15 kilometers northwest of Al-Bab city.
Nevertheless, since the Turkish-backed ‘Operation Euphrates Shield’ began 76 days ago, FSA rebel forces have wrestled control of 176 villages in the Aleppo governorate from ISIS.