Over the last three weeks, Hezbollah’s absence from the southern Aleppo front has been greatly missed by the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies as they were forced to withstand a massive counter-assault by the Islamist rebels from Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki, and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra”.

Luckily, help arrived earlier this week in the form of the newly brandished Russian T-90 Tanks that were delivered to the port of Latakia in early November.

In addition to the arrival of the T-90 Tanks, a large convoy of reinforcements from the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division and Hezbollah rejoined the battle in the Aleppo Governorate’s southern countryside, giving the embattled soldiers combatting the Islamist rebels a much needed boost.

On Friday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division – in coordination with Hezbollah, the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Aleppo City, Kata’eb Hezbollah (Iraqi paramilitary), Harakat Al-Nujaba (Iraqi paramilitary), and Firqa Fatiyyemoun (Iranian-Afghani paramilitary) – struck back against the Islamist rebels of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki, capturing the small hilltop villages of Tal Al-Baraqa, Tal Dadeen, and Tal Ja’eera.

Following the capture of these aforementioned villages, the Syrian Armed Forces launched an assault on Tal ‘Arba’een, seizing this hilltop village after a brief firefight with Jaysh Al-Islam and Liwaa Suqour Al-Sham.

With Hezbollah back in southern Aleppo, the Syrian Armed Forces are poised to make a push to capture the strategic ICARDA agricultural facility that is located along the Aleppo-Damascus Highway; if seized, the Islamist rebels will have their primary supply line cut.

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