At 10 P.M. (Damascus Time) on Sunday evening, the Syrian Arab Army’s 154th Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division and Hezbollah launched a counter-assault to recapture Tal Al-‘Eiss from the extremist rebels that seized this strategic hilltop town in southern Aleppo on Saturday morning.
So far, the pro-government forces have not been able to infiltrate the rebel defenses after two attacks; however, the primary assault has also not commenced due to the Syrian Arab Air Force’s (SAA) relentless airstrikes this morning.
The extremist rebels are made up of several factions, including Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), Jund Al-Aqsa (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), the Free Syrian Army’s “Division 13”, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham (largest rebel group), and Ajnad Al-Sham.
If the Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah are unable to retake Tal Al-‘Eiss, then the imperative town of Hader will once again face a serious threat from the extremist rebel forces.
According to a military source in Al-Safira (Aleppo), the rebel forces suffered a high number of casualties this past weekend, with some estimates between 100-120 combatants killed-in-action (KIA).