The battle for Handarat and Bashkoy in northern Aleppo has not produced the kind of results the rebel forces expected, as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and National Defense Forces (NDF) have been able to fend off the militants attempting to infiltrate their positions.

The Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” – in cooperation with Jaysh Al-Mujahiddeen and Harakat ‘Ahrar Al-Sham – were unable achieve any progress in the village of Handarat on Wednesday, due to the heavy bombardment from the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) and the heavy resistance encountered from the NDF.

For the NDF, they took advantage of the rebels’ hesitancy, launching a counter-attack into the southern sector of Handarat that resulted in the capture of a building under Jabhat Al-Nusra control.

According to a military source in Aleppo, the rebel groups have suffered significant casualties at the village of Handarat, as their positions leave them susceptible to the Syrian Arab Air Force’s persistent airstrikes.

Two rebel field commanders were reportedly killed in Handarat on Wednesday: Abu Mohammad Al-Ahmad of Harakat ‘Ahrar Al-Sham and “Abu Ahmad Al-‘Adawi” of Jabhat Al-Nusra were identified by field sources as killed-in-action.

North of Handarat, the SAA and NDF contingents protecting the town of Bashkoy repelled the rebel attack, killing over 15 enemy combatants that attempted to infiltrate from the neighboring town of Rityan to the east.

Fierce clashes were reported between the SAA and Jabhat Al-Nusra on the Tal Jibeen-Hareetan Highway in northern Aleppo; however, both parties were unable to gain any ground during this battle.

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