Aleppo, Syria (11:05 A.M.) – Not long after launching their assault on the Al-Ramouseh District in southern  Aleppo, the Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah conducted a swift assault near the key town of Khan Touman.

Hezbollah, alongside Liwaa Al-Quds (Palestinian paramilitary) and Syrian Republican Guard, attempted to advance to Khan Touman this morning from their positions near Qarassi village; this resulted in a violent exchange with the jihadist rebels of Jaysh Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest).

The Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah are still attacking Jaysh Al-Fateh’s defenses near Khan Touman; however, the latter has already reinforced the area in anticipation for this assault.

According to the official media wing for Liwaa Al-Quds, their fighters destroyed a number of enemy vehicles near the Khan Touman axis this morning, but they did not report any field progress as of yet.

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Jonathan Richer
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Jonathan Richer

Good call

David Knowles
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David Knowles

Make sense, if I was the Syria army the short to medium plan would be to turn the M5 down to Saraqib and M4 motorways down Furaykah into defacto borders between Idlib control by Al Qaeda and Government control areas.

Jonathan Richer
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Jonathan Richer
Gregoire Bautista Sylvain
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Gregoire Bautista Sylvain

Cela veut au moins dire que les positions acquises sont stabilisées

shellDOG
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shellDOG

@aj_observations any idea why saa lost S. Aleppo so easily in jihadists offensive? retreated immediately even from 1070…

Henry
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Henry

SAA soldiers are tired and low motivation because low salary. When there scared of getting wounded because of there salary. On the other hand the rebels want to die to go to there 72 virgin’s. Which give them high moral to fight.

romse
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romse

SAA is bad in defending captured positions. They don’t have scouts or they are blind. Most insurgent attacks start with one or more VBIEDS. Some cross kilometers of open field undetected. After the explosion that confuses even heavy fortified army positions it’s quite easy for attacking rebels to overrun these checkpoints. Most of the soldiers just run away instead of fighting all together. Of course this is easy to say from the outside especially when your are outnumbered but many soldiers get captured and then executed or shot in the back running away.

some day this wars gonna end russell
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some day this wars gonna end russell

As well as poor morale in some units the poor training at infantry and command level is common in most pro regime units , add poor equipment. And finally but important pro assad forces do not have unified command structure so when put under pressure as in the aleppo offensive the saa , ndf militias hezbolloh , iraqi and iranian militias all ended up looking after there own interests, seems like they mostly legged it in the confusion of battle :).

Daeshbags Sux
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Daeshbags Sux

It’s much easier to understand than all these nonsense motivation or salary explanations. Let’s take a loooooong frontline. If you want to break the front, the method is to locate what seems to be its weakest point and plan a violent offensive by gathering fastly all the manpower you can on this point then simply swarm the place as defences are not enough to sustain the swarming. Well, there were signs of the a-coming offensive but you can’t really know where it’ll happen exactly and if you want my advice, I wouldn’t have chosen to break the front there :… Read more »

some day this wars gonna end russell
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some day this wars gonna end russell

Good point the rebels did concentrate there manpower as you say and they used the suicide vehicles to start all there local offensives to great effect. Unless the defenders are organised and entrenched to stop these vehicle they are very effective and terrifying , they are like 1000pound bomb guided missiles coming straight towards you. I would have legged it at first sight of a fruit and veg truck ! Just in case !

Gazoline
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Gazoline

Maybe the turning point in the syrian civil war… Khan Touman store site is already in the hands of the National loyalists forces.

JFS, JF, FSA taking huge loss in Aleppo and in Hama, without counting the Eastern Ghoutah…