On Tuesday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s “Cheetah Forces” (branch of the Tiger Forces) – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Aleppo City and Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions) – continued their large-scale offensive inside the Deir Hafer Plains of east Aleppo, striking the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) at the integral town of Sheikh Ahmad near the Kuweires Military Airport.
The Cheetah Forces and their allies began the morning by launching several mortar shells into the ISIS-held part of Sheikh Ahmad; this was followed by a powerful ground assault that was coordinated by the Tiger Forces commander – Colonel Suheil Al-Hassan – and his counterpart from the Cheetah Forces – Colonel Shady Isma’eel.
Following a morning filled with ISIS conducted their own assault inside the Deir Hafer Plains of east Aleppo; however, this attack was conducted far away from the Kuweires Military Airport, as the terrorist group decided to target the recently captured city of Jabboul, which is located about 12km south of the aforementioned military airport.
Despite claims of its capture, ISIS was unable to take control of Jabboul after intense firefights with the Syrian Arab Army’s Tiger Forces; instead, they were forced to retreat to the east in order to evade the swarming Russian fighter jets bombarding their positions.
The Syrian Arab Army’s lack of progress along the east Aleppo front has been due in large part to the absence of the Russian Air Force – Tuesday was the first time in several hours that the Russian Air Force was bombarding ISIS’ positions along the Kuweries Military front.
The Cheetah Forces are still 4km away from lifting the two year long siege of the Kuweires Military, but they remain in the offensive position despite the recent offensives from ISIS in east Aleppo.