The battle for east Aleppo has recently intensified between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS), as both opposing parties attempt to gain the upper-hand at this volatile front in northern Syria that was once a stalemate two months ago.
On Sunday morning, ISIS continued their large-scale assault on the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses at the strategic cities of Al-‘Aziziyah and Tal ‘Arn located inside the Aleppo Governorate’s eastern countryside, while the SAA’s “Cheetah Forces” (Tiger Forces branch) attempted to advance closer to the besieges Kuweries Military Airport in the Deir Hafer Plains.
For ISIS, their assault on the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses at Al-‘Aziziyah and Tal ‘Arn ended badly for them when the Russian Air Force’s SU-25 fighter jets pounded their positions at Tal Reeman and Al-Salihiyah, forcing the terrorist group to have to avoid the main road leading to the aforementioned villages in east Aleppo.
Meanwhile, northeast of Al-‘Aziziyah, the Syrian Arab Army’s Cheetah Forces – in coordination with the National Defense Forces from Aleppo City and Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions) – carried out another assault on ISIS’ frontline defenses at Sheikh Ahmad, where they attempted to capture this village located 2km away from the Kuweires Military Airport.
ISIS was able to recapture the town of Al-Halabiyah during a brief counter-assault near the imperative Thermal Plant; this has forced the Syrian Armed Forces to concentrate their efforts on lifting the siege of the Kuweires Military Airport and less on capturing the Thermal Plant.
The Syrian Arab Army is racing against the clock to lift the siege on the Kuweries Military Airport, as ISIS attempts to cut their supply route from the Al-Safeera District.