DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:45 P.M.) – Minutes ago, Syrian Arab Army (SAA) completely thwarted assault of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS, or also ISIL/ISIS) militants on the strategic Jirrah Airbase in eastern Aleppo countryside.
The imperative military installation was retaken by SAA’s elite Tiger Forces division yesterday, after two days of violent clashes against IS jihadists.
Soon after retreating from the airbase, IS launched a counter-attack in a bid to restore control over the territory they had lost.
Violent clashes outbroke as a result along the airport’s perimeter and also in nearby villages of Jirrah Kabirah and Jirrah Saghirah. Intense firefights continued till Saturday’s noon and resulted in complete withdrawal of IS jihadists after they had not been able to break through SAA’s defenses.
Having lost control over Jirrah Airbase, IS militants are likely to withdraw their main forces further southward, towards Maskanah Plains, which means that their defense lines in Aleppo province totally collapsed.