DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:50 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Jaysh Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest) have suffered 260 casualties in the western suburbs of Aleppo since the inception of their offensive against the government forces, the pro-rebel “Syrian Observatory for Human Rights” reported on Saturday.
Other estimates from pro-government sources put the jihadist death toll in west Aleppo as high as 500; however, this cannot be confirmed by Al-Masdar News.
Regardless of the death toll, the impact of Jaysh Al-Fateh’s territorial losses will be felt in the coming weeks, as the Syrian Arab Army and Hezbollah turn their attention to the southern countryside of the province.
According to a Syrian military source in Aleppo, Hezbollah is preparing a major operation near Khan Touman to expel the remaining Jaysh Al-Fateh militants positioned along the Aleppo-Damascus Highway (M-5 Highway).
With Jaysh Al-Fateh on the run, the pro-government forces will attempt to capitalize on the jihadist misfortunes and recover several villages and hilltops.