On Saturday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s elite special operations unit known as the “Cheetah Forces” (Tiger Forces branch) carried out a powerful assault on the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) positions inside the Aleppo Governorate’s eastern countryside, where they captured large chunks of territory from the aforementioned terrorist group near the Kuweires Military Airport.
According to a military source from the Tiger Forces in the Al-Safeera District of east Aleppo, the Cheetah Forces – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalion) captured the villages of Baqijah, Al-Barihiyah, and Al-Dakwanah after intense firefights with ISIS that left over 30 enemy combatants killed and a half dozen armored vehicles mounted with a 23mm anti-aircraft machine gun destroyed.
Much of the Syrian Arab Army’s success in the Deir Hafer Plains of east Aleppo is owed to the Russian Air Force, who continuously carries out airstrikes and reconnaissance missions in support of the pro-government forces combatting the ISIS terrorists inside this rugged territory that leads to both the provincial capital of Al-Raqqa and Aleppo.
With their capture of Baqijah, Al-Barihiyah, and Al-Dakwanah in the Deir Hafer Plains, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies are now within 5km of the Kuweires Military Airport; this aforementioned airbase has been under a brutal siege that was imposed by ISIS two years ago after they captured the provincial capital of the Al-Raqqa Governorate from the Islamist rebels.
In addition to being 5km from the Kuweires Military Airport, the Syrian Armed Forces are within 5km of the strategic Thermal Station that sits along the Aleppo-Raqqa Highway; this roadway feeds into a number of smaller roads that lead to ISIS’ positions around the east Aleppo countryside.