The battle for northern Aleppo is reaching its critical stages as the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division – alongside Hezbollah, the National Defense Forces (NDF), and several Iraqi paramilitary units – intensify their military operations against the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, and Jaysh Al-Mujahiddeen along the Aleppo-Gaziantep Highway.

Fierce firefights between the Islamist rebels and the government forces have reported inside several villages in the northern Aleppo countryside tonight; these battled have reportedly resulted in a high death for both sides as they trade-off attacks in order to advance their positions at the contested villages and hilltops.

Specifically, the most violent battles are currently taking place inside the villages of Bayyanoun and Kafr Naya near the large hilltop of Tal Hardatineen, where the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies are on the offensive against the exhausted Islamist rebels that are led by Jabhat Al-Nusra and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham.

As the sun begins to rise over the northern Aleppo countryside, the Syrian Armed Forces and the Islamist rebels will be immersed in a battle for the imperative Aleppo-Gaziantep Highway that was once the latter’s most important supply route to the Aleppo Governorate from their launching point in southern Turkey.

 

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