Ten days ago, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham captured the town of Jabboul in the eastern countryside of Aleppo; however, one week after losing this town, the Syrian Arab Army’s “Cheetah Forces” arrived to the contested village of Al-Nasariyah, where they reinforced their allies from the National Defense Forces (NDF) that were fending off the terrorist group’s assault.

For two straight days, the Syrian Arab Army’s Cheetah Forces confronted the ISIS militants attempting to take the village of Al-Nasariyah, until they finally were able to push them back towards Jabboul; this was followed by a counter-assault to retake the town from the terrorist group the following morning.

On Sunday morning, the Cheetah Forces – in coordination with the National Defense Forces and Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions) – conducted their counter-assault at Jabboul’s western axis, where they were able to impose full control over the town after a series of intense firefights with the terrorist group’s combatants.

ISIS withdrew many of their fighters from Jabboul after their failed offensive at the imperative city of Al-Safirah; this was due to the Cheetah Forces’ recent advances at the large town of Sheikh Ahmad, which is located 2km away from the Kuweires Military Airport.

The terrorist group had planned to delay the Syrian Army’s progress in east Aleppo by launching their own offensive in the Al-Safirah District; unfortunately for ISIS, this did not work out to their advantage, as the Cheetah Forces crossed the Aleppo-Baghdad Railway in Sheikh Ahmad to position themselves within 2,500 meters from the Aleppo-Raqqa Highway (Kuweires frontline).

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A word to the wise: Don’t mess with Syrian TIgers and Cheetahs!