BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:05 A.M.) – Amid a renewed government offensive that is now starting to gain traction, forces of the Syrian Arab Army and allied paramilitaries have wrested control of two towns from Islamic State in the northeastern countryside of Hama province.

According to military-affiliated sources, on Wednesday, Syrian pro-government forces struck north from their positions atop the hills of Tal Tawilah, storming and seizing two nearby towns held by ISIS identified as Jubb Raziq and Abyan.

Jubb Raziq and Abyan fell to Syrian troops without too much of fight due to the fact that their holding of the Tal Tawilah hills (the high-ground area being captured on Tuesday) gave them fire control over the two towns with basic support weapons including mortars, anti-tank missile systems and field guns.

After a week of inactivity due to bad weather and the request of local army commanders for more reinforcements, Syrian pro-government forces restarted their assault against Islamic State terrorists in northwest Syria on Tuesday.

Although not the most active front in the country compared to Idlib and Aleppo, the Syrian Army and its allies have been hopping from town to town and hilltop to hilltop in brief bursts, slowly but surely enough rolling back the ISIS presence throughout northeast Hama province.

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