BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – On Tuesday, the Syrian Arab Army and allied paramilitary groups took control of the key hilltop of Tal Shahid in the southern countryside of Aleppo province after a two day battle with militant groups for control of the area.

The battle for Tal Shahid comes amid an expanding offensive by pro-government forces in southern Aleppo aimed at linking-up with Syrian Army units near the Abu Duhur airbase in eastern Idlib.

At Tal Shahid itself, a 48-hour engagement took place which saw the Syrian Army first take control of it from rebel fighters, only to lose it in a swift militant counter-attack and then finally seize control of it again during a second push.

Footage (available at the end of this article) released by Hezbollah-linked media shows the operations by the Syrian Army and allied militias which led to the capture of Tal Shahid after back-and-forth battles with rebel groups in and on top of the key high-ground area.

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