"The Syrian pro-government forces have been successful in the recent days, and have deployed forces within seven kilometers of closing the small gap that is under ISIL control between the al-Bab Plateau and the al-Safira Plains," FARS quoted sources as saying.
Meanwhile, army sources have reported that the Syrian troops are preparing for a new spate of military operations against the terrorist groups based in southern Aleppo province.
"The Syrian Army and the NDF are planning to conduct two separate operations in the towns of Abtayn and al-Zorba as well as in the surrounding areas of Khan Touman town," the sources said.
Earlier this week, the Syrian forces launched a number of offensives on Daesh-held positions in the towns of Al-Bab, Qabasin, and Beza, where scores of terrorists were killed in the fighting.
Additional militant strongholds were also reportedly destroyed by Syrian fighter jets in Handarat and Hraytan north of the city of Aleppo; the Islamists suffered heavy losses in the airstrikes.
#SYRIA All the strikes against terrorists’ objects carried out only after multiple checks and exclusion of risks for civilians— Минобороны России (@mod_russia) 16 февраля 2016
Adding to the Syrian Army's anti-terror effort is Russia's ongoing air campaign in Syria which was launched on September 30, when more than fifty Russian warplanes, including Su-24M, Su-25 and Su-34 jets, commenced precision airstrikes on Daesh and Al-Nusra Front targets in Syria at the behest of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
In addition, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed earlier this month that advanced, super-maneuverable Su-35S multi-role fighters had begun their combat mission in Syria.