After fierce firefights an clashes Syrian rebels took control of Babuleen and Salhiyeh in Idlib province, a year after government forces had taken them over.
The village of Babuleen holds a significant strategic place in Idlib mainly due to the main highroad leading to towns such as Maarat al-Numan, which lays close to the Wadi al-Daif and Hamidiya military bases and cutting supply routes to these bases.
According to opposition sources this is a great advancement for the rebels The rebel advance helps tighten their siege on Wadi Deif army base, one of the governments last significant positions in Idlib.
Multiple brigades were involved in this offensive notable Liwa Al-Tamkin, Liwa Der Al-Shamaal, Ahrar Al-AlSham, Ahrar Al-Zawya Liwa Furqaan Idlib and more smaller brigades. Many of these brigades belong and take orders from the SNC (Syrian National Council) but activist have also claimed that allied Islamist brigades such as Al-Nusra Front were involved in the capture of Babuleen but this could not be confirmed.