BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:53 A.M.) – Reports from pro-government and opposition sources (some quoting the other) are emerging that jihadist-led militias operating in the southwestern countryside of Aleppo province are in the process of conducting a strategic withdrawal from the entire region due to highly-unfavorable conditions on the ground.
Over the last several hours, reports have surfaced which indicate that militant groups operating in southwest Aleppo province have begun a full-scale withdrawal of their forces from the region.
The rationale of the reported mass retreat is – apparently according to rebel sources – that the military situation on the Al-Hass Front (a reference to the area of operations in southwest Aleppo) has become impossible to justify any further resistance in region.
The main cause – again, reportedly cited from rebel sources on the ground – for the militants’ hopeless situation in southwest Aleppo is due to the fact that Syrian army-led forces have almost entirely encircled them in the region amid major offensive operations throughout Aleppo, Hama and Idlib provinces.
Updates to follow.