On Sunday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s elite 4th Mechanized Division – in coordination with Hezbollah, the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Aleppo City, Harakat Al-Nujaba (Iraqi Paramilitary), Kataeb Hezbollah (Iraqi Paramilitary), Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions), and Firqa Fatameyyoun (Iranian-Afghani Paramilitary) – continued their march through the southern Aleppo countryside, capturing two more villages from the Islamist rebels of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki, Liwaa Suqour Al-Sham, and the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

Leading the charge for the pro-government forces was Hezbollah, as they broke-through Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham’s frontline defenses at the small village of Tal Dadeen and imposed full control of its strategic hilltop; this assault resulted in a complete withdrawal of the Islamist rebels inside this village to their nearby stronghold at Al-Hadher.

Following the capture of Tal Dadeen, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies arrived just in time to launch another assault on the Islamist rebel defenses, but this time at the small village of Shalash; this joint assault resulted in the pro-government forces imposing full control over the aforementioned and the complete withdrawal of Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham to a small hilltop in its vicinity.

With two more villages under their control, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies have captured over 50km of territory from the Islamist rebels during this recent burst in ground activity inside the southern Aleppo countryside.

The social media activists for the Islamist rebels have asserted that Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and their allies are in full control of Tal Huwayz and Al-Qarassi; however, this information is pending visual proof, as local activists deny these gains.

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