For the last six days, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) has blockaded the Syrian Government’s only supply route to the provincial capital of the Aleppo Governorate; however, for the last 48 hours, the Syrian Arab Army’s 66th Brigade and 11th Tank Division and Hezbollah have worked to restore the security of this vital highway that stretches across the Khanasser Plains of east Hama.
On Friday morning, Hezbollah led the charge past the strategic hilltop of Tal Ithriyah (captured by Hezbollah and the Syrian Army on Thursday), striking ISIS’ positions along the Khanasser-Ithriya Highway en route to the city of Khanasser; this attack by the Lebanese Resistance and the Syrian Armed Forces was propelled by the Russian Air Force, who relentlessly bombarded the terrorist group’s positions all day long.
According to a military source from the National Defense Forces (NDF) in the city of Al-Salamiyah, the Syrian Armed Forces and Lebanese Resistance are currently less than 1km away from liberating the Khanasser-Ithriya Highway from ISIS – only three hills and one village remain before they take full control of the highway.
Meanwhile, southwest of Ithriyah, ISIS launched another assault on the imperative hilltop of Tal Khayber, targeting the National Defense Forces’ positions at the southeastern perimeter of the hill before they the aforementioned pro-government force beat back the assault on Friday afternoon.
ISIS has recently shifted its focus from Khanasser-Ithriya Highway to the Salamiyah-Ithriya Road, where the Syrian Armed Forces reinforces their soldiers at the crucial city of Ithriya; if captured, the Syrian Armed Forces at the latter city will be cutoff from their main supply line.