Islamic State edging toward Aleppo city

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Islamic State forces advanced on the Sheikh Najjar Industrial City, the regime’s primary garrison in the northern Aleppo countryside, capturing a hill and two villages in the city’s outskirts on Sunday, reported opposition news sources. Pro-regime Slab News reported regime fighting with “armed groups” in the area on Monday, but did not confirm IS control over the villages. The Sheikh Najjar Industrial City is the primary regime base in the swath of regime-controlled territory northeast of Aleppo city, which is split between regime control in the west and rebel in the east. Sheikh Najjar sits on the only supply route connecting regime outposts farther north in the towns of Bashkoy, Handarat, and the Aleppo Prison from regime positions in the eastern Aleppo countryside and the western half of Aleppo city.