North Aleppo rebels make gains east against IS

A force of both FSA-aligned factions and Fatah Halab operations room members have been advancing east from the rebel-held 'Azaz pocket' in North Aleppo, against the Islamic State, over the past week. This territory to the north of Mare' and south of the Turkish border is made up of small villages, such as Dudiyan that have been under Islamic State rule since fall 2014. The FSA brigades involved include Firqat al-Sultan Murad (a ethnically Turkmen group and U.S. TOW recipient), Fastaqim Kama Umirt, Liwa Hamza, Liwa Suqour Jabal al-Zawiya, al-Fawj al-Awl, and others, while the Fatah Halab members include Ahrar al-Sham, Faylaq al-Rahman, and Jabhat al-Shamiyya, all of these being common actors in North Aleppo. While these gains have been comparatively minimal, this does represent the third actor infringing on the Islamic State's Aleppo territory, following the SAA's advances to the south of al-Bab, and the SDF's Tishrin Dam offensive

A video from Liwa Hamza declaring the liberation of Meraighal. 18 March 2016.