BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – On Sunday, the Syrian Arab Army stepped-up its offensive against Islamic State forces across northwest Syria by launching a new wave of assaults, backed up by aerial bombardment, with fresh units from multiple directions.

On Monday, operations were intensified yet again and finally elite Syrian troops scored a major breakthrough against ISIS lines in the northern part of its encircled bastion, capturing eight towns and villages from the terrorist group in rapid succession.

The anti-ISIS offensive in the country’s northwest is being spearheaded by some of the best units (including paramilitary outfits) available to the Syrian Army’s order of battle including the Tiger Forces Division, Republican Guard, Qalamoun Shield Forces and Military Intelligence Shield Force.

All of the involved Syrian pro-government formations have already been tested many times against Islamic Sate militants over the years.

Furthermore, Syrian army-led forces are (as video evidence shows) committing a considerable degree of armored assets – namely battle tanks, self-propelled guns and infantry fighting vehicles to the battle – to the battle and in doing so are take full advantage of the mostly flat semi-desert terrain which they are fighting on.

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