The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and allied forces including Palestinian paramilitary have advanced against ISIS in the eastern Aleppo countryside since they started their offensive in the region, Al-Masdar News reported.

The forces ultimately aim at expelling the ISIS militants from its last foothold in the governorate.

The SAA’s Tiger forces, as well as Liwa Al-Quds (Palestinian paramilitary) and Al-Baqir tribal fighters pushed the terrorists back in from Jirah Airbase and were able to take full control over Al-Mahdoum after a morning battle with the terrorists.

The small town is located on the Aleppo-Raqqa M4 highway and is considered a gateway into the ISIS-held Maskanah Plains.

ISIS, a foreign-backed terrorist group, emerged in Iraq and Syria in 2014. Russia launched a widespread operation in 2015 against the terrorists in Syria and managed to break the backbone of ISIS and other terrorists groups.

Aleppo was liberated from ISIS in December 2016 when the Syrian army dealt a major blow to the terrorists who have been fighting to overthrow the Syrian government since 2011.

The Iraqi government also launched an operation in October 2016 to retake the strategic city of Mosul from the militants. They were successful in liberating the eastern part of the city and earlier in 2017 conducted another operation to liberate the western regions.