BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:20 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s ongoing offensive against armed rebel groups across the southern countryside of Aleppo province is being led by a veteran formation with years of successful service.
The main Syrian Army formation currently leading pro-government forces in south Aleppo has, since about one week ago, been identified as 124th Brigade of the Republican Guard.
Although less assuming than other elite formations such as 4th Mechanized Division or Tiger Forces, the 124th Brigade has a distinguished career in both defensive and offensive operations.
Beginning as a reserve formation formed up in Tartus province, the 124th Brigade has since since participated in major battles throughout the Khanasser region (holding open the road to Aleppo), southern Raqqa and, as of the present time, the Al-Hass plateau and its surrounding area.
Furthermore, not only is the 124th Brigade familiar with the terrain of the region it fights within across south Aleppo, but it is familiar with many of the other army and pro-government paramilitary units it is currently battling alongside.
Familiarity between different units is important in battle because it increases operational synchronicity.
To this end, almost all of the National Defense Forces units and 30th Division elements which the 124th Brigade fights alongside now in south Aleppo it has done so before, most notably having had to work with them for many years to hold open the Ithriyah-to-Khanasser road.