The Syrian Arab Army continued their counter-offensive near the recently captured village of Handarat in northern Aleppo, expanding their control over a number of areas adjacent to the latter.
On Thursday morning, the SAA – in cooperation with the National Defense Forces (NDF) – took complete control of Tal Madafa (Madafa Hill) after fierce clashes with the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and their allies from Jasyh Al-Mujahiddeen and Harakat ‘Ahrar Al-Sham.
Despite asserting their control over Tal Madafa last week, Jabhat Al-Nusra and their allies were able to recapture parts of the southwestern perimeter; this changed on Thursday when the SAA and NDF pushed the enemy combatants south towards the Al-Oweija District.
In conjunction with their success at Tal Madafa, the SAA captured Mazra’a Al-Halabi (Halabi Farms) and Mazra’a Arandees (Arandees Farms) located west of Handarat village; thus, positioning the SAA just east of Al-Mallah.
North of Handarat village, the SAA and NDF contingents at Bashkoy in northern Aleppo repelled another Jabhat Al-Nusra infiltration attempt, killing at least a dozen enemy combatants during the process of the attack – Jabhat Al-Nusra forces withdrew to the village of Rityan once again.