BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:05 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) resumed their large-scale offensive in the eastern countryside of Aleppo today, striking the Islamic State (ISIL) forces at a number of villages in the Deir Hafer Plain.

Led by their elite Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army began the day by liberating the town of Al-Mahdoum after overrunning the Islamic State’s defenses in this rural area of east Aleppo.

Following the liberation of Al-Mahdoum this afternoon, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies turned their attention to the last two villages located directly southwest of the strategic Jirah Military Airbase.

According to a military source in Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies are now storming the villages of Atira and Jirah Kabeer – intense clashes are ongoing at the moment.

If the Syrian Arab Army captures both of these villages, they will have imposed fire control over the Jirah Airbase, as they will have this military installation surrounded from three different flanks.

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