ALEPPO, SYRIA (3:10 A.M.) – All the rebel forces active in the city of Aleppo have merged into a newly-formed Jaish Halab (Army of Aleppo).
All the military forces and the storage depots belonging to the Fateh Halab and Jaish Al-Fateh factions operating in the city are to be managed under one command. It is rumoured that the leader of the “Army of Aleppo” will be declared tomorrow.
This desperate merger comes after rebels have lost a majority of their share in the Syrian economic capital. In a matter of days, the Syrian Armed Forces pushed the opposition forces from Bustan Al-Basha and Haydariyah all the way to the south of Tariq Al-Bab.
To make matters worse for the jihadist rebels, the Syrian Army backed by the Iraqi Harakat Al-Nujaba’ managed to capture over 85% of the southern Sheikh Sa’eed district along with the remaining Nusra holdouts in Old Ramousah.
While this merger is bound to ameliorate coordination between the rebel factions and improve their responsiveness to military developments around the city, it comes at a time so perilously late that it is quite unclear whether this move will hinder the Syrian Army’s progress in the city given the latter’s relentless powerful assaults on all the fronts.