The Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki, and Liwaa Suqour Al-Sham are in serious trouble in the Aleppo Governorate’s southern countryside, as both the Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah push towards the strategic Aleppo-Damascus Highway (M-5).
On Wednesday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Aleppo, Hezbollah, and Harakat Al-Nujaba – continued their powerful assault on Barqoum and Al-Zorba, advancing inside these aforementioned towns located along the Aleppo-Damascus Highway after a series of intense firefights with the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, and Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki.
While the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies advance to the Aleppo-Damascus Highway, Jabhat Al-Nusra and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham attempted to enter the strategic town of Tal Al-‘Eiss for the second time in 48 hours; however, for the second time, they failed to bypass the stiff defenses of the pro-government forces.
With the situation getting worse by the day for the Islamist rebels, members of the Jabhat Al-Nusra issued a distress call for immediate assistance against the “Rawafidh” (derogatory term for a Shiite Muslim) because they are on the verge of losing several key points along the Aleppo-Damascus Highway.
The message was directed towards the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jund Al-Aqsa”, who is currently fighting the Syrian Armed Forces in the Hama Governorate’s northern countryside.
If the Islamist rebels lose Al-Zorba to the Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah, the latter will have effectively cutoff their primary supply line from the Idlib Governorate to the provincial capital of the Aleppo Governorate.