Just as all hope seemed lost, rebel forces in northern Aleppo have now been able to recover some of the villages they lost during yesterday’s ISIS offensive.
Thereby, various factions of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Ahrar Ash-Sham, Faylaq Al-Sham, the Syrian Turkmen Brigades and a small contingent of Jabhat al-Nusra were able to recapture the villages of Aykadah, Hawar Killis, Harjalah, Mazra Shahin and Tall al-Ahmar.
These rebel advances at the Syrian-Turkish border happened as Turkish artillery pieces pounded Islamic State positions while US jets dominated the sky and carried out many airstrikes on ISIS fighters here.
Clashes are still ongoing in the region as both sides trade blows back and forth while many villages remain contested between Islamist rebels and fighters loyal to the Islamic State.
However, rebel forces now seem to have reconnected the border corridor between their two enclaves in northern Aleppo; rebel logistics in this area was temporarily bogged down due to ISIS advances yesterday.
Map credits: Agathocle deSyracuse.