At 10 A.M. (Damascus Time) on Friday morning, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) – in coordination with Hezbollah, the National Defense Forces (NDF), and Kata’ebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions) – launched their large-scale southern Aleppo offensive after almost one year of inactivity along this rural area in the Azzan Mountains.
According to field reports from the provincial capital, the Syrian Armed Forces and Lebanese Resistance captured 4 sites from the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Shamiyah (Levantine Front), Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) this morning, killing a number of enemy combatants in the process of their advance in the Aleppo Governorate’s southern countryside.
The Syrian Armed Forces and Lebanese Resistance captured the villages of ‘Abtayn, Al-Wadayhi, and Qala’at Al-Najam, along with the Defense Battalion Base and the farms surrounding it; this rapid progress by the pro-government forces caught the Islamist rebels off-guard, as they frantically retreated to the southwest in order to evade the swarming enemy fighters.
In addition to the ground assault on the Islamist rebels, the Russian Air Force has come to the aid of the Syrian Armed Forces and Lebanese Resistance, carrying out at least 6 air raids on the enemy’s positions in order to propel the pro-government forces across this rugged area of the Aleppo Governorate.
The main objective of the Syrian Armed Forces/Lebanese Resistance’s southern Aleppo offensive is to recapture the ‘Azzan Mountains from the Islamist rebels, while also creating a larger buffer-zone around the Syrian Government’s only highway leading to the provincial capital.