BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – Forces of the Syrian Arab Army and pro-government paramilitaries have expanded their offensive operation in the southwestern countryside of Aleppo province, bursting out of a new front and quickly seizing control of five towns and villages during recent hours.
Moments ago, military-affiliated sources reported that assault units of the Syrian Arab Army and allied militias opened up a new front in southwestern Aleppo, advancing onto the Al-Hass plateau region north of Khanasser.
In a rapid drive, Syrian forces captured the towns and villages of Al-Umayriyah, Abu Jalbus, Burj al-Sama, Abu Abdah and Tal Anbar.
The Al-Hass region has reportedly been abandoned by all but one armed rebel group, this being the hardline Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda) jihadist faction.
The Syrian Army’s line of advance on this new axis clearly appears to be in the direction of the strategic crossroad town of Tal ad-Daman and, overall, represents an expansion of the Syrian Army’s offensive operation in southwest Aleppo.