Over the past 48 hours, ISIS has launched an astonishing counter-offensive in northern Aleppo, thus recapturing all villages lost to rebels in the past week.

Despite facing Turkish artillery units, US airstrikes and hostile rebel fighters, ISIS militants were able to sweep through about a dozen rebel-held villages in a remarkable 2-day blitz offensive near the Turkish-Syrian border.

This has now put the Islamic State back in control of the villages of Tathimus, Qantarah, Mulla Yaqoob, Adabat, Wuquf, Mazra’at Shahin, Kasajik, Tall Shair, Tall al-Ahmar, Tall Sufayr, Qassajiq and most remarkably, the border-town of Al-Rai itself.

The advances were reportedly enabled through the use of some 11 ISIS suicide VBIED drivers, who completely overwhelmed whatever rebel defences and barricades that were set up in the region.

With ISIS insurgents advancing rapidly along the Turkish border, the latest skirmishes are reportedly taking place on the outskirts of Dudiyan and Mare’ as rebel troops are doing all they can to prevent further regional ISIS gains.

However, rebels are still in control of the supply hub and stronghold of Azaz, despite being cut off from their comrade fighters in Idlib two months ago due to a government offensive in the region that cut off the Kilis-Aleppo Highway.

While various insurgents forces are battling for turf in the northern countryside of Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) – backed by the Russian Air Force – has announced it will now initiate a large-scale mission to fully recapture Syria’s largest city, Aleppo.

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Rieme Hofman
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Rieme Hofman

@leithfadel HAHA I Laugh at the ones who claimed victory and said they were about to march on Raqqa via Al-Bab, Deir Hafir.

Julius Nepos
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Julius Nepos

That offensive could never achieve victory aslong as they dont capture the area directly east of Mare.

German
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German

Luck for the Kurds! They are still needed to destroy ISIS.

yus
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yus

good job jihadist

yus
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yus

good job IS jihadist

PLK
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PLK

Turkey does it again….

Jonathan Richer
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Jonathan Richer

Looks like a perfect time for the Kurds to attack Azaz again!

Ali Hamieh
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Ali Hamieh

They’ll probably decide to attack if isis is already trying to take azaz

daeshit sucks
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daeshit sucks

Seizing a few village is not winning a battle, nonetheless a war. In this case, they need to re-open a supply route to Turkey as this part of border having being seized by their opponents put them in great danger of having the full border totally blockaded. If such thing happens, they’d be totally doomed as the main supply route ‘d be fucked and there would be no way to flee… You can consider they’re becoming more agressive as they forsee their Nemesis…

Ali al-Yehud al-Jihadistani
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Ali al-Yehud al-Jihadistani

Oh, I’m sure that turk artillery was most effective…