DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:30 A.M.) – On Wednesday evening, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) was attacked by ISIS and Syrian rebel groups at the same time as both targeted the government supply route to Aleppo in a massive seemingly coordinated offensive.
Briefly setting aside their differences in light of a common enemy, ISIS and rebel forces began attacking SAA checkpoints along the highway between Sheikh Hilal and Al-Saan, looking cutoff the government mainland from the northern city of Aleppo.
Thus far, the Islamic State’s forces have deployed four car bombs and captured two checkpoints south of the aforementioned road, thereby bringing them within a few kilometers of actually closing the supply line.
On the northern axis, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (Syrian Al-Qaeda branch) and allied Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions are shelling government strong points with missiles and field guns. However, their assault troops are yet to breach the SAA’s first defensive line.
HTS and the FSA reportedly hope to break the siege of ISIS’ eastern Hama pocket after which a pragmatic alliance may take place between the previously hostile parties.