The Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division and Hezbollah have captured several sites inside the Aleppo Governorate’s southern countryside as of late, seizing the strategic towns of Khan Touman, Al-Qarassi, and Al-Khalidiyah from the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki, and Liwaa Suqour Al-Sham.
The latest targets for the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies are the villages of Al-Zorba and Al-Banqoum; these two villages are deeply entrenched with Islamist rebel fighters from Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Jabhat Al-Nusra.
On Wednesday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 43rd and 154th Brigades of the 4th Mechanized Division – in coordination with Hezbollah, Harakat Al-Nujaba (Iraqi paramilitary), and the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Aleppo City – imposed full control over the imperative farms that are located directly north of Al-Zorba after a morning of violent clashes with the Islamist rebel forces in southern Aleppo.
The village of Al-Zorba is strategically located along the Aleppo-Damascus Highway (M-5 Highway) that has now been cutoff by the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Division and Hezbollah after they captured the small village of Al-Khalidiyah over the weekend.
In addition to their advance at Al-Zorba, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies have continued their major assault on the rebel-held town of Al-Barqoum, where they are currently attacking the eastern flank.