ISIS fighters in Syria are reportedly trapped by Syrian government forces. The development comes as the Syrian Arab Army is rapidly re-taking a major supply road to the Syrian city of Aleppo from ISIS.
An unnamed military source said on Feb. 26 that the SAA will likely take control of the entire ISIS-held supply line within 48 hours, reports Al-Masdar News.
The ISIS troops near the supply line are reportedly only linked to the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa by a small desert trail. The ISIS fighters will likely be bombarded by Russian airstrikes and face SAA troops if they do not retreat.
The re-taking of the supply route has reportedly been lead by a Syrian special forces group known as the Tiger Forces, reports Al-Masdar News. The Tiger Forces, an offensive unit that supports the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, has taken over a dozen towns from ISIS in February so far.
The offensive move by the Syrian army comes after ISIS took the supply line to Aleppo, the largest city in Syria, on Feb. 23, according to Al-Masdar News. ISIS launched an offensive that week in the face of growing opposition from Syrian forces and Russian and U.S. airstrikes.
While efforts are being made to recapture the major supply line from ISIS in Syria, the terrorist group is expanding in Libya, reports Reuters.
ISIS may be moving from its current strongholds in Syria and Iraq to Libya, where political instability has provided a new frontier for the group.
“They’re getting stronger because no one is fighting them,” said Libyan Misrata commander Mahmoud Gazwan at a military outpost in Libya.
The U.S. and its coalition allies are moving to counter any ISIS expansion into Libya to curb its influence in the unstable North African country. Coalition air forces are reportedly flying over Libya to locate potential airstrike targets, and U.S. troops are recruiting potential allies in Libya.
The U.S. and Russia agreed to cooperatively fight ISIS on Dec. 17, 2015, as a coalition of nations fights to curb the terrorist group’s growth across the Middle East.