The conglomerate of Islamist factions in northern Syria known as “Jaysh Al-Fateh” (Army of Conquest) was on the offensive in the southern Aleppo countryside for almost two weeks before Hezbollah returned to the province in order to help propel the Syrian Armed Forces and their Iraqi counterparts to recapture lost territory.
On Thursday morning in the Aleppo Governorate’s southern countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s elite 4th Mechanized Division – in coordination with Hezbollah, the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Aleppo City, Harakat Al-Nujaba (Iraqi paramilitary), Kata’eb Hezbollah (Iraqi paramilitary), and Firqa Fatiyyemoun (Iranian/Afghani paramilitary) – launched a counter-offensive to recapture Tal Dadeen, Ja’eera, and Tal Bakara after the Islamist from Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki, and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” captured them last week.
Following a violent series of firefights with the Islamist rebels, the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Division and their allies imposed full control over Tal Dadeen and Ja’eera after killing several enemy combatants from Harkat Ahrar Al-Sham, Jabhat Al-Nusra, Liwaa Suqour Al-Sham, and Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki this morning.
In addition to their success at Tal Dadeen and Ja’eera, a long contingent from Hezbollah launched a powerful assault on the Islamist rebel defenses at Tal Baraka, where they were immersed in a fierce battle for control of this hilltop village; this assault paid off, however, as the Lebanese Resistance imposed full control over this site in southern Aleppo.
With Hezbollah back after a short leave, the Syrian Armed Forces are poised to capture the ICARDA Agricultural Facility that is situated along the strategic Aleppo-Damascus Highway (M-5 Highway); it is currently under the control of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and their counterparts.