On Friday night in the northern Aleppo countryside, the Syrian Arab Army's 4th Mechanized Division - in close coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF), Hezbollah, and several Iraqi paramilitary units - launched large-scale military operations to seize the villages of Bayyanoun and Misqan from the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), Jaysh Al-Mujahiddeen, Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki, and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham.

Bayyanoun is strategically located to the west of the recently captured village of Rityan and directly southeast of Al-Zahra'a; if captured, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies will be able to strike the rebel stronghold of Hayyan that borders the Aleppo-Gaziantep Highway (also known as the "Hariteen Highway").

Preliminary reports from Bayyanoun indicate that the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies have imposed fire control over this village; however, it is rather unlikely at the moment due to the ongoing clashes inside.

North of Bayyanoun, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies have shifted their attention from Mayer to the small village of Misqan, which is situated directly west of the rebel stronghold of Ahras in the Tal Rifa'at countryside; this region of the Aleppo Governorate is one of the most volatile, as the Islamists, the YPG, and ISIS are all positioned along this front.


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