On 4 November 2015 Syrian government forces retook the road between the towns of Ithriya and Khaneser from IS. The jihadists had captured a portion of the road on 23 October 2015. The road is the only route through which Assad forces and their allies can communicate with the regime-controlled territory in Aleppo. Thus, long-term loss of the road could have catastrophic consequences for the Assad regime.
As to the general situation in Syria, Assad’s offensive against the rebels in the north has been largely unsuccessful, while Islamic State is trying to exploit the situation by taking territory from both rebels and Assad.
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