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
TheScepticalOne
2016-06-03 14:57

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

kurton
kurton
2016-06-03 15:51

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

Mathew Rand
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Mathew Rand
2016-06-03 15:13

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

#termsmatter

Hernan Cortes
Hernan Cortes
2016-06-03 15:09

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

kurton
kurton
2016-06-03 15:49
Reply to  Hernan Cortes

Nah; blame the media for alerting the enemy.

Mathew Rand
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Mathew Rand
2016-06-03 15:18

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

#termsmatter

kurton
kurton
2016-06-03 15:48

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.

Luis Llo Glez
Luis Llo Glez
2016-06-03 15:18

Where’s the airforce?…

Open-mind Avenue
Open-mind Avenue
2016-06-03 15:52

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

Amin
Amin
2016-06-03 16:44

Benefits of so called ceasefire.

Moe
Moe
2016-06-03 17:45

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
Antineocon
2016-06-05 10:53
Reply to  Moe

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
MOE
2016-06-05 20:02
Reply to  Antineocon

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
Jens
2016-06-03 18:17

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

Luke Amos
Luke Amos
2016-06-03 15:07

Thanks for the info

Izat Charkatli
Izat Charkatli
2016-06-03 15:11

Chris

Alain Augé
Alain Augé
2016-06-03 15:08

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

tim
tim
2016-06-03 15:07

@leithfadel w*f…

Raul Becerra
Raul Becerra
2016-06-03 15:29

:/

Yezza
Yezza
2016-06-03 17:10

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

Angel Winter
Angel Winter
2016-06-03 16:26

🙁
Praying!!..

Romain Marneffe
Romain Marneffe
2016-06-03 17:01

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

SOF
SOF
2016-06-05 07:32

A bad day and a step backwards.

Antineocon
Antineocon
2016-06-05 10:51

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