With recent government advances at the Salaheddine District (southern Aleppo suburb) and the al-Mallah farm area (north of Aleppo), the Syrian Armed Forces have now begun new operations which aim to fully besiege all rebel-held districts inside Aleppo city.

However, Aleppo’s rebel forces are expected to put up stubborn resistance against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) as the latter is increasingly targeting the rebel supply line to Aleppo city.

If this road is breached by government troops, it will put tremendous pressure upon local insurgents inside Syria’s largest city.

Nevertheless, advances from house-to-house inside Aleppo city are extremely difficult due to the implications of urban warfare. Basically, experienced snipers are lurking at each street corner ready to take down their next targets.

Furthermore, the entire area north of Aleppo is littered with mines and booby traps, thereby complicating advances either way.

Strategically, one must not rule out the possibility of a government offensive being launched from the far western Tamurah high point, possibly even with the aid of Kurdish forces.

Nevertheless, such a manuever would entail marching across hostile territory held and fortified by rebels ever since the summer of 2012.

Currently, Kurdish militias seem to favor the Syrian Government due to their heavy and ongoing clashes with various Islamist rebel factions in the northern Aleppo countryside and YPG-held district of Sheikh Maqsood.

The latter predominately Kurdish populated suburb is likely to play a huge role in the battle of Aleppo as it lies within striking distance of the rebel supply road to the provincial capital.

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On the other hand, if rebel diplomats and negotiators are somehow able to convince the Kurds to side with the Syrian Opposition, this will turn the tables on government forces.

However, such conciliatory events are far from likely as rebel shells containing sarin gas reportedly struck Sheikh Maqsood just last week.

Meanwhile, if local SAA commanders can convince the Kurdish YPG and SDF militias to join the government in an offensive against rebels, this would likely spell the inevitably rebel loss of Aleppo city and moreover – a devastating blow to the Syrian Opposition.

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indre
indre
2016-04-17 22:18

Was it really sarin gas? I think they used clorine gas instead.

Ali al-Yehud al-Jihadistani
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Ali al-Yehud al-Jihadistani
2016-04-17 22:46

JUST
DO IT

daeshit sucks
daeshit sucks
2016-04-18 00:10

IMHO, kurdish armed groups being more into an ideology that is near of communism and anarchism, there’s no way they would accept to work with islamists wich are nothing else than freakin’ nazis and, as any “red” knows, a good nazi is a dead nazi, especially as Jaysh-al-islam is backed by Erdogan and as rebels shell kurds with chemical weapons. Even if they get weapons from the CIA or the DIA, they probably hate the US operatives nearly as much as the islamists and they even remember that daddy Bush pushed the kurds to fight Saddam during the 1st Gulf… Read more »

Verny
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Verny
2016-04-18 03:19

Once the civilians are removed, it’s time to use gas.

Benfatto
Benfatto
2016-04-18 13:46

exactly, do it.