Some time during the evening, rebel fighters – predominately made up of Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions – were able to recapture the town of Dudiyan in northern Aleppo.

This town, along with a handful of villages, was otherwise recently lost to ISIS which has been gaining turf on Turkish-Syrian border in the past few days.

Dudiyan is strategically important as its helps to prevent a full-scale ISIS invasion on Azaz, the Syrian Opposition’s foremost stronghold in their northern Aleppo enclave.

However, ISIS is expected to launch renewed attacks on Dudiyan, possibly even over night.

With advances back and forth, both rebels and ISIS have lost hundreds of fighters while many local civilians have fled the region entirely.

Furthermore, rebels seized two sites from Kurdish fighters earlier today; this could in turn reignite skirmishes with Kurds on the western front of the rebel pocket.

Remarkably, the frontline is northern Aleppo has seen about a dozen temporal withdrawals and counter-offensives as neither ISIS nor rebels have been able to gain the gain the decisive upper hand and successfully defend their newly captured territories.

The infighting between rebels and ISIS has been brought about through government troops breaking the siege of Nubl and al-Zahraa in early February; effectively, rebels were cut off in northern Aleppo and isolated from their Islamist comrades in Idlib.

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The Kurds recaptured those sites. Some sources say that those villages were never lost.