Earlier today, government troops – spearheaded by the elite Tiger Forces – stormed Najarah in eastern Aleppo and quickly expelled all ISIS fighters defending the village. Effectively, a major buffer zone has been created around the previously besieged Kuweiris Airbase while the Syrian Arab Army now finds itself less than 12 kilometers from the strategic city of al-Bab.

Meanwhile, Kurdish militias known as ‘People’s Protection Units’ (YPG) and a coalition of Free Syrian Army battalions known as the ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) have ensued on a blitz-like offensive during the past week, effectively capturing dozens of ISIS-held villages east of the Euphrates River. Rather remarkably, hundreds of Kurdish militants have also managed to cross the Euphrates River and capture the town of Tishreen; this maneuver completely overwhelmed local Islamist fighters loyal to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and forced them to flee towards Manbij.

The region in eastern Aleppo represents the last ISIS-held border area with Turkey and thus serves as a vital source of income and supplies for a caliphate which has been on decline since Russian airstrikes began in September of 2015. Currently, some 40 kilometers split government troops near Kuweiris from Kurdish militants near Tishreen. If these combined soldiers are able to capture al-Bab and Manbij, ISIS will be forced to retreat from the province of Aleppo entirely.

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James Padgett
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James Padgett

Praise be to Goddd!!! – Wonderful news! Congrats pro-Assad soldiers for great persevering fighting!

Lou DaCosta
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Lou DaCosta

Next few weeks will be decisive, just hope the Russians will smooth things out when Syrian army and Kurds and other meet.Daesh is apparently already evacuating Al Bab.

Christian Chumbe
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Christian Chumbe

How do y know about the evacuation

Lou DaCosta
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Lou DaCosta

Posting a few days ago … Their family’s and most fighters left to Manbij due to Syrian army advances towards the Al Bab

Atalia Roma
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Atalia Roma

Loving the maps. This is such a crucial time for aleppo in freeing it from isis stronghold. I hope they continue to succeed Celine Céline Bests i think it could mean they run away to other towns that are isis held.

Atalia Roma
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Atalia Roma

It would be awesome if hezeballah and the kurds the army and other syrian governments all join up and work at taking aleppo bit by bit.

John Young
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John Young

well done , rid the world of daesh

Séamus Martin
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Séamus Martin

The defeat of ISIS is looking inevitable. in terms of their losing al the territory they hold. I think that they are doomed like Nazi Germany in 1944. But it is important to militarily defeat all the supposedly moderate rebels first in order to ensure that Bashar remains in power afterwards. The world must be left with a clear cut choice between ISIS and Bashar. Anything else is messy, dangerous and will only prolong Syria’s agony.

Manny Hanna
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Manny Hanna

Are the kurds fighting with hezbollah

Χρήστος Παπαχρήστος
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Χρήστος Παπαχρήστος

The only way to defeat a terrorist organization is to block their foundations….if somebody don’t do that,daesh will be undefeated …

Sabrina Vincentia Majuakim
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Sabrina Vincentia Majuakim

Good.

Tim Hidori Johnson
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Tim Hidori Johnson

Not to troll, but what is the relationship between the Syrian state and the Kurdish militias (friendly, hostile, ambivalent)? Asking as someone who generally supports both insofar as they seem to be the only ones who actually give a d**n about stopping ISIS instead of this stupid infighting, and hoping they can cooperate/continue to cooperate as such.