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.

Last winter, the Tiger Forces spearheaded a campaign in eastern Aleppo which ousted the Islamic State from 50 villages around the formerly besieged Kuweiris Airbase.

A full zoomable map of northern Aleppo is available here.

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