On Saturday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s “Cheetah Forces” (Tiger Forces branch) – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) – continued their large-scale campaign to lift the two year long siege imposed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) on the Kuweires Military Airport, just as the aforementioned terrorist group launched their own campaign to obstruct Syrian Government’s only supply line to the Aleppo Governorate.
Continuing where they left off on Friday night, the Cheetah Forces and National Defense Forces carried out a powerful assault on ISIS’ frontline positions at the integral village of Sheikh Ahmad, resulting in a series of intense firefights inside the southern district before the pro-government forces broke-through the terrorist group’s defenses.
In addition to their assault on Sheikh Ahmad, the Syrian Armed Forces’ have advanced from the towns of Judaydeh and Jabboul to the hilltop at Tal Meesan and the small village of Al-Qutibiyah in the Deir Hafer Plains’ southern countryside; these aforementioned sites are located approximately 7km south of the imperative Aleppo-Raqqa Highway.
While the Syrian Armed Forces have advanced several kilometers deep into the Deir Hafer Plains, they still have a long way to go before reaching the ISIS stronghold of Deir Hafer, which is located about 25km west of the Tabaqa Dam that leads into the Al-Raqqa Governorate.
Should the Syrian Armed Forces forgo this daunting endeavor, they can still lift the siege of the Kuweires Military Airport, as they are currently positions 4km away from the frontlines there.