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ISIS takes village from rebels in Idlib: activists

Local | 2018-02-12 11:44:00
ISIS takes village from rebels in Idlib: activists
(Zaman Al Wasl)- Daesh (Islamic State) fighters took a village from rebels in northern Idlib province on Monday after heavy clashes began three days ago, local activists said.

The ISIS advance in the southern countryside of Idlib followed a coordiantion between the radical group and regime forces who opened a corridor for the jihadists to reach the region.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday that regime forces had allowed Daesh fighters to leave a besieged pocket of territory at the intersection of Aleppo, Idlib and Hama provinces, and then go to southern Idlib.

ISIS seized control of al-Zarzour village as clashes are still underway near the town of al- Tamana'a.

A source in the Ahrar al-Sham faction said Daesh fighters had pushed into south Idlib from government territory.
 
Idlib is the largest chunk of Syrian territory held by insurgent factions opposed to President Bashar al-Assad's government. Islamist factions including al Qaeda's former affiliate in the Syrian war dominate the province.

Meanwhile, regime forces have stepped up aerial and ground campaign on rebel-held areas in Idlib. Clashes and heavy bombing reported in the eastern countryside and the town of Jisr al-Shughour.

Zaman Al Wasl
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