With the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) attacking several sites around the country, they appear to have seemingly neglected the Syrian Arab Army’s large-scale offensive in the Aleppo Governorate’s eastern countryside as the latter has marched 19km through the Deir Hafer Plains’ rugged terrain to reach the strategic town of Sheikh Ahmad on the fringes of the Kuweires Military Airport.
On Saturday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s “Cheetah Forces” (elite Tiger Forces branch) – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Aleppo City and Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions) – advanced from the railroad barrier to the southeastern sector of Sheikh Ahmad, where they were confronted by a large contingent from ISIS that was heavily entrenched along the town’s farms.
According to a military source from the Tiger Forces that is stationed in Al-Safira, the Cheetah Forces and their allies have crossed from the suburban sector of Sheikh Ahmad to the rural section of the town; this will require the heavy armory of the Syrian Arab Army to take this part of Sheikh Ahmad due to the wide-open fields that benefit ISIS’ defenses.
To the south of Sheikh Ahmad, the National Defense Forces of Aleppo City launched a counter-assault at Jabboul after conceding this town to the terrorist group earlier this week – the attack is still ongoing; however, the NDF has reached the town’s western outskirts.
The Syrian Armed Forces’ offensive in the Deir Hafer Plains’ may appear to be forestalled; however, the deeper the Syrian Army goes in east Aleppo, the more rugged the terrain.