According to the reporters, on Wednesday, Islamic State fighters combat rival insurgent groups in north of the city of Aleppo, where as per the officials the army is preparing an offensive of its own backed by Iranian soldiers and Russian jets.
As said by a rebel fighter and a group monitoring the war, Islamic State had captured the town of Ahras and Tel Jabin, which is about 12 km north of Aleppo, before being pushing back.
According to Hassan Haj Ali, head of the Liwa Suqour al Jabal rebel group, using different name for Islamic State, “Today there are fierce battles between us and Daesh in Ahras, Tel Jabin, and rural northern Aleppo.”
In order to sustain one offensive that is ongoing in Hama province and in preparation for another in the Aleppo area, thousands of additional troops had been sent by Iran into Syria in recent days, as told by the two regional officials to Reuters.
A fresh attack had been launched by the army against rebel held areas east of Damascus on Wednesday, which also include Jobar and Harasta, which is been controlled by non-Islamic State rebel groups including Jaish al Islam.