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Army Seizes Control of 98 Percent of ISIL-Held Region in Northwestern Syria

9 February 2018 17:44

The Syrian Army troops managed to push ISIL back from more positions in Northeastern Hama, imposing control over 98 percent of a large region among the provinces of Hama, Aleppo and Idlib, military sources confirmed on Friday.

 The sources said that the army freed the villages of Rasm Maz’hi, Jubb al-Heb, Rajm Ja’arah, Makhlaf  Shamali,  Ein al-Zarqh, al-Shamtaniyah, Shiheh al-Hamrah, al-Mantar and al-Mositabiyeh after heavy fighting against ISIL.

The sources said that 98 percent of the ISIL-held region among the provinces of Hama, Aleppo and Idlib has come under the army’s control.

They added that the remaining pockets of the ISIL have retreated towards the villages of al-Shiheh, Anbaz and Sarouj.

In a relevant development on Thursday, the Syrian army forces retook control of 20 new regions in purging operations against the ISIL in Hama, Aleppo and Idlib provinces.

The army soldiers continued clashes against the ISIL in Northeastern Hama, winning back control of the villages of Janineh, Job al-Sakar, al-Hanin, al-Khatabiyeh, Abu Mahaleh, Job al-Hanteh, al-Qanater, Jadideh, Abu Habaya, Marami Bani Hilal, Um Zahimak, al-Baydhah, Faydhah and Motevasetiyeh.

They also continued advance in the region, taking back control of the villages of Aqlah, Moshirfeh, Maksar al-Sharqi, Abu al-Qanat, Aby Sawaya and Qal’at al-Hawayes.

The engineering units of the army started cleansing operations immediately after freedom of these regions.

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