About one hour ago, rebel groups loyal to the Jaish al-Fateh coalition seized both Khan Touman storage areas along with the adjacent village of Khirbat Mirata. Moreover, the village of Al-Qarassi has been captured by rebel forces moments ago.

These sites are located in the rural countryside of Aleppo, southwest of the provincial capital.

The offensive began at noon today as an overwhelming number of Islamist fighters – backed by a handful of armored vehicles – attacked eastwards of Khan Touman town towards an area mostly defended by Iranian pro-government paramilitary fighters who were unable to offer much resistance and subsequently retreated from their positions.

Meanwhile, a major rebel assault is underway towards the villages of Qal’ajiyah and al-Humayra (south of Khan Touman) as we speak.

The latest reports suggest these villages are still controlled by government troops, but they could easily fall later today as the situation has turned critical.

The insurgent offensive is led by Failaq al-Sham, Ahrar al-Sham, the Turkistan Islamic Party, Jabhat al-Nusra and Jund al-Aqsa; the latter two Islamist groups are affiliated with al-Qaeda.

With the government frontline collapsing in southern Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies must regroup quickly if they are to avoid further losses, while also rethinking previous military plans. Furthermore, reinforcements are required.

Both Russian and Syrian airstrikes have been conducted during the afternoon; however, they have been unable to stop the rapid rebel advances.

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TheScepticalOne
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TheScepticalOne

Unbelievable!! w*f are they doing without ATGMs?

kurton
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kurton

The media blurted out everything, and the enemy took notice.

Hernan Cortes
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Hernan Cortes

@leithfadel Iranian led militias are the weak link in government defenses.

kurton
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kurton

Nah; blame the media for alerting the enemy.

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Mathew Rand

Iranian pro-Gov’t paramilitaries? Perhaps you meant Iraqi Islamic Resistance groups?

#termsmatter

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Mathew Rand

“Iranian pro-government paramilitary fighters”…..UHMMM aren’t you talking about the Iraqi PMU fighters?

#termsmatter

Luis Llo Glez
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Luis Llo Glez

Where’s the airforce?…

kurton
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kurton

Expected! We should thank the Syrian media for releasing on the hour detailed information on whereabouts of SAA and their tasks for the last 3 weeks. I believe they also indicated the number of men, the number of vehicles; even their tasks, which I doubt they’d know.

Open-mind Avenue
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Open-mind Avenue

@PetoLucem @Ibra_Joudeh @IRGC_QF @IvanSidorenko1…despite reinforcements and RuAF in the air? What the h**l is going on?

Amin
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Amin

Benefits of so called ceasefire.

Moe
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Moe

Thanks to Russia for selling out. Rememver when the Army had all the momentum in both Southern and Northern Aleppo? Then out of Nowhere Russia agreed to a sudden ceasefire and pulled out majority of its Airforce? Cant never trust the fuckin Russians. They took the money years ago from Syria but are yet to deliver the S300. What kind of an ally is Russia?

Antineocon
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Antineocon

Russia cannot do everything. The issue in this case is the near worthless millitias that Iran has sent to Syria composed of third country nationals.

MOE
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MOE

If it wasnt for these same worthless militias the regime wouldve fallen 4 years ago. Funny how these same Militias had all the momentum around Aleppo and were so close to encircling Aleppo until Mother Russia decided to sell out l.

Jens
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Jens

It was expected, that the Nusrats would exploit the massive deployment to Raqqa from SAA. Stupid strategy…

tim
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tim

@leithfadel w*f…

Luke Amos
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Luke Amos

Thanks for the info

Alain Augé
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Alain Augé

signale que Al Qaïda est à l’offensive au sud d’Alep et met en difficulté armée syrienne. Armement américain du Jihadisme…

Izat Charkatli
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Izat Charkatli

Chris

Raul Becerra
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Raul Becerra

:/

Angel Winter
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Angel Winter

🙁
Praying!!..

Romain Marneffe
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Romain Marneffe

What I don’t get is why Iran doesn’t send “heavy weight” like Quods Force instead of Afghan/Pak militiamen ?

Yezza
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Yezza

Those kuffar army are running away pissing in trousers..haha..

SOF
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SOF

A bad day and a step backwards.

Antineocon
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Antineocon

The performance of these iran backed militias has been atrocious. It looks like many have no traning or leaders.