Moments ago in the Aleppo Governorate’s southern countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s 43rd, 82nd, and 155th Brigades of the 4th Mechanized Division – in coordination with Hezbollah, Harakat Al-Nujaba (Iraqi paramilitary), and the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Aleppo City –  imposed full control over the villages of Zeitan and Al-Qala’jiyah near the strategic city of Khan Touman after a series of firefights with the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda), Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki, and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham.

The villages of Zeitan and Al-Qala’jiyaj are situated to the south of Khan Touman and approximately 1km east of the strategic Aleppo-Damascus Highway that is currently contested by the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies in the southern Aleppo countryside.

On Saturday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 43rd Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division (formerly in Al-Zabadani) arrived in southern Aleppo to assist the pro-government forces combatting the Islamist rebels for control of the Aleppo-Damascus Highway near the northeastern border of the Idlib Governorate.

Currently, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies are attacking several sites in southern Aleppo this morning, including the imperative hilltop villages of Tal Bajer and Burnah; if captured, the pro-government forces will have secured the strategic town of Tal Al-‘Eiss.

 

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