It didn’t take long for the Al-Qaeda linked “Al-Nusra Front” (Jabhat Al-Nusra) to launch another offensive geared at the Syrian Government strongholds of Al-Zahra and Nubl; however, not many people expected they would be defeated so quickly and so embarrassingly. The Al-Nusra Front was coming off the successful capture of the long besieged Wadi Al-Deif Base in rural Idlib; they were poised to finally make strides in the Aleppo Governorate.

Unfortunately for the Al-Nusra Front, they weren’t facing just any group at these 2 predominately Shi’I villages in northern Aleppo – they were facing a determined civilian population that refused to flee their homes. The 3,000 men who make-up the National Defense Forces (NDF) in Al-Zahra and Nubl are all homegrown. The only non-villagers fighting at Al-Zahra and Nubl are the 125 Hezbollah fighters who were transported via helicopter in mid-2013.

Initially, the Al-Nusra Front made some gains near the 1st Roundabout inside the village of Nubl, but that was short-lived and quickly repelled after a series of air raids by the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) destroyed a number of Al-Nusra Front reinforcement convoys making their way from Al-Maayer. The Al-Nusra Front was not able to rebound after their initial success; in fact, they began to regress west towards the origin of their attack.

The Al-Nusra Front offensive on the 3 axes took a turn for the worst when they were unable to maintain the industrial plants in the southeast perimeter of Nubl; this allowed for the NDF to begin a flank on the isolated troops at the 2nd axis. With 2 axes in full control, the Al-Nusra Front’s last chance at countering the fierce assault by the Hezbollah and NDF fighters was at the northeastern perimeter of Nubl.

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Last night, the NDF and Hezbollah contingents secured the final axis in Nubl, killing scores of Al-Nusra Front fighters during the process of their withdrawal. Over 250 Al-Nusra Front militants were killed and hundreds of others were wounded during this failed offensive. The Al-Nusra Front lost 3 prominent field commanders and 7 tanks altogether during their attack. Little skirmishes are still reported on the border of Al-Maayer; however, this offensive is over.

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Bobcatbob Ingram
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Good news to me.

Branko Miskovic
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Good. The Westren MSM still proclaims Al-Nusra Front as FSA Rebels. Its funny how the westren MSM arent reporting the victories done by the Syrian Army.