This evening, rebel groups in northern Aleppo recaptured the villages of Yahmoul and Jariz after clashing with ISIS throughout the day.
These sites were otherwise captured by ISIS two weeks ago.
The rebel offensive was a joint operation by Ahrar ash-Sham, the Al-Moutasem Brigade and the ’13th Division’. The latter two rebel groups are affiliated with the Free Syrian Army.
During the attack, rebels destroyed a MLRS (Multiple Launch Rocket System) vehicle and an ammunition’s warehouse.
Furthermore, some 10 Islamic State fighters were killed while dozens fled due to overwhelming rebel manpower.
The next target of rebel groups is expected to be Kafrah; if this town is captured it will secure the eastern flank of Azaz city from a looming ISIS offensive.
Northern Aleppo has now witnessed clashes for two months as neither the Islamic State nor rebel groups are willing to give up the Turkish-Syrian border.
For the past 60 days in northern Aleppo, some villages have even changed hands up to 5 or 6 times as both sides continuously pull out, regroup, attack and go on counter-offensives.
For now, neither side has been able to gain the decisive upper hand in northern Aleppo as insurgents are disconnected from other rebel areas, while the Islamic State must face the onslaught of Turkish artillery and coalition jets.
A map of the area can be viewed here.