The Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” has hit a brick wall in northern Aleppo, as their numerous attacks on the villages of Bashkoy and Handarat have repeatedly failed to generate any significant progress, despite sustaining heavy casualties during their firefights with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and National Defense Forces (NDF).

On Wednesday morning, the tumultuous sound of explosions immersed northern Aleppo, as the constant air raids from the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) weakened the Jabhat Al-Nusra and Jaysh Al-Mujahiddeen defenses in the southern sector of Handrarat village.

Following the dissipation of airstrikes, the SAA and NDF stormed the remaining buildings Jabhat Al-Nusra and Jaysh Al-Mujahiddeen controlled; this resulted in the former capturing all of Handarat village after fierce clashes that lasted until 8:30 A.M.

According to a military source, the official number of NDF and SAA soldiers killed during the last two weeks at Handarat and Bashkoy was 76 (18 SAA and 58 NDF); meanwhile, 304 Jabhat Al-Nusra, Jaysh Al-Mujahiddeen, and Harakat ‘Ahrar Al-Sham fighters were confirmed dead, including another Chechen field commander, “Rusha’ Al-Sheeshaani.”

North of Handarat, the SAA repelled another attack by Jabhat Al-Nusra and Jaysh Al-Mujahiddeen at the village of Bashkoy, as the latter attempted to infiltrate from Rityan – 24 militants killed, including Yousif Mohammad Sa’ad, ‘Umar Raghab Al-Sobhi, and ‘Abdel-Malik Na’im Salloum.

At Kuweris Airbase in east Aleppo, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) attempted to break-through the SAA’s frontline defenses; however, they were forestalled near the eastern protective barricade, losing 29 of their fighters during the charge.

Jabhat Al-Nusra and Jaysh Al-Mujahiddeen have completely retreated from the Air Force Intelligence’s western perimeter, as the SAA was able to push the latter back to the Great Prophet Mosque after intense firefights for two weeks.

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