Earlier today, rebel fighters retook the villages of Fayruziyah and Tall al-Hisn after clashing with ISIS fighters in northern Aleppo countryside.

The advances were supported by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and Turkish artillery shelling which have increasingly targeted the Islamic State in recent weeks.

During today’s battle, several rebel faction were involved, including Ahrar ash-Sham, Jabhat Al-Shamiya (Levant Front) and two groups affiliated with the Free Syrian Army, namely Tajammu Fastaqeem and ‘the 13th Division’.

Although ISIS still controls strongholds such as Dudiyan, rebels have now secured the eastern flank of Azaz city which was threatened by a looming Islamic State offensive.

In retaliation for Turkish cross-border shelling, ISIS mortar crews have targeted the Turkish border city of Kilis, subsequently killing and injuring many civilians in recent weeks.

Remarkably, the Opposition-ISIS skirmishes in northern Aleppo were brought into effect by a government offensive 3 months ago which isolated insurgents in a northern enclave often refered to as the ‘Azaz pocket’.

Map credits: IUCA Analysts.

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Amin
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This part of Syria is the only place I wish ISIS defeat its enemies. ( just of course the so called rebels = terrorists )

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Nope : it’s better if none of ’em are defeated : it lessens both strenghts! And, look at the map : Azzaz is half encircled by the kurds… Once both strenght lessened, a pincher movement will become much easier…

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prince teutonic

Yes ISIS is lesser of two evils (

Jonathan Richer
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I bet another offensive along Turkey’s border is on the way with Erdoğan saying he plans cross border action against ISIS.

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daeshit sucks

Erdog talks are pure bullshit.In fact, he managed to p**s off EVERYBODY : Putin, E.U. council, NATO heads, kurds, medias, turkish people and maybe even his own army. He’s back to the wall. Shelling ISIS and this strong talks are just there in order to try to deceive the E.U. and NATO as they consider he supports ISIS and if Turkey is expelled from NATO, he may be in the deepest s**t! And I bet greeks are waiting in the shadow to f**k up turkish presence in Cyprus and even to take back Constantinople if possible (and put back a… Read more »

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I DO NOT UNDERSTAND AS YET NOT IS ARE MAKING COORDINATED ATTACKS OF THE SAA WITH THE KURDS. AND CRUSH THE DAESHBUGS

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daeshit sucks

It’s simply a better strategy to let your ennemies kill each other than have to fight both ISIS and the FSA/al-Nusra/Ash-Sham/etc alliance 😉

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#ISIL’s future may depend on battle for #Sirte https://t.co/T7hfvNrNiA

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Just need to unleash the French Foreign Legion in Sirte and ISIS in Libya will fastly look like shawarma : these guys are so mad that the french govt prefers to keep them abroad or on Corsica island when there’s no action…

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AQIM+An-Sardine alliance lasted only one month when FFL was unleashed in Mali and they had the double of ISIS fighters in Libya, period.