A Turkish suicide bomber from the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” attempted to drive his vehicle into a National Defense Forces barricade at the village of Deir Zeitoun in northern Aleppo; however, the vehicle was allegedly destroyed before it could reach its destination, according to a military source.
The suicide bomber was identified by Jabhat Al-Nusra social media pages as “’Usama Al-Turki” – a Turkish “Mujahid” carrying out his “martyrdom” operation for the militant group’s offensive that directly followed his death on Monday night.
Around 8:30 P.M. on Monday, the militants from Jabhat Al-Nusra – in coordination with Jaysh Al-Mujahiddeen and Harakat ‘Ahrar Al-Sham – attacked the northwestern sector of Deir Zeitoun, attempting to break-through the NDF’s frontline defenses.
As of 10 P.M. Damascus Time, fighting is still ongoing between the NDF and Jabhat Al-Nusra north of Deir Zeitoun; there has been no map change, despite the intense clashes engulfing this village in northern Aleppo.
South of Deir Zeitoun, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) – in coordination with Hezbollah, Liwaa Al-Quds, and the NDF – continued their advance west of Handarat village, attacking Jabhat Al-Nusra’s positions at the cluster of farms near Al-Mallah.
At the village of Bashkoy, Jabhat Al-Nusra and Jaysh Al-Mujahiddeen attempted to break-through the NDF’s defenses in the western sector; however, they were repelled after fierce clashes that persisted for three straight hours.