Once again, the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham” (ISIS) is threatening to cutoff the Syrian Government’s only supply route to the Aleppo Governorate after launching another wide-scale assault in the eastern countryside of the Hama Governorate on Wednesday afternoon.

The aforementioned terrorist group began the day by conducting a powerful assault on two imperative sites in eastern Hama, striking the Syrian Armed Forces’ defensive positions at the village of Al-‘Awaynat and the oil wells outside of Ithriya near the Khanasser-Ithriyah Road that stretches to the Aleppo Governorate.

According to a military source from the Syrian Arab Army’s 555th Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division, the ISIS assault on Al-‘Awaynat was repelled after a long battle that resulted in the death of two dozen militants and the destruction of 4 armored vehicles mounted with a variety of anti-aircraft machine guns from the aforementioned terrorist group.

The source added that firefights are still ongoing between ISIS and the Syrian Armed Forces at the oil wells to the east of Ithriyah; this is most critical of the two battles because if the terrorists seize this site, they will be in position to close off the government’s supply route to the Aleppo Governorate.

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