Late last evening, ISIS captured a further two villages from rebel forces in northern Aleppo; namely Kafr Kalbeen and Kaljibrin.
Effectively, rebels loyal to Jaish al-Mujahideen have had their supply line to the insurgent stronghold of Mare’ (Marea) entirely cut off by the Islamic State.
Four other rebel-held villages in northern Aleppo were also seized by ISIS yesterday afternoon, thus posing a significant threat to the border city of Azaz.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) elite assault troops – the Tiger Forces – have been deployed to Rityan and al-Zahraa, northwest of Aleppo city.
Their commander-in-chief Major General Suheil al-Hassan is tasked with breaching the rebel defensives at the ‘Anadan Plains; the latter area represents the only supply route for Islamist insurgents to the provincial capital of Aleppo.
A full zoomable map of northern Aleppo is available here.