The battle for east Aleppo has recently intensified between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS), as both forces have exchanged large-scale offensives in this tug-of-war fight for control of this rugged terrain in Syria’s northern countryside.
On Thursday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s “Cheetah Forces” (Tiger Forces branch) – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Aleppo City and Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions) – struck the terrorist group’s defensive positions at the mounds of Sheikh Ahmad, killing over 15 enemy combatants from ISIS and destroying a mounted machine gun turret.
According to a military source from the Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” in southeastern Aleppo, the Syrian Armed Forces at Sheikh Ahmad were able to advance inside the southern neighborhoods of Sheikh Ahmad; however, they still have a long way to go before being able to impose full control over this large town on the fringes of the Kuweries Military Airport.
Meanwhile, northeast of Al-Safira, ISIS attempted to infiltrate into the town of Al-Aziziyah for the second time in 72 hours; however, the Syrian Arab Army soldiers were well-prepare for this attack and repelled the encroaching terrorists after only two hours of fighting.
The next 48 hours in the east Aleppo countryside will be critical for both the Syrian Armed Forces and ISIS, as the former attempts to lift the two year long siege on the Kuweries Military Airport.