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BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 A.M.) – The Islamic State (ISIL) forces in the Maskanah Plain of east Aleppo launched a counter-attack to recapture the strategic Jirah Military Airport last night.

ISIL began the counter-attack at 10:00 P.M. (Damascus Time) last night, striking the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) unfortified positions at the southeastern corridor of the Jirah Airbase; this resulted in the terrorist group briefly entering the installation.

According to a military source in Aleppo, intense clashes are still ongoing at the Jirah Airbase; however, the Syrian Arab Army still maintains a territorial advantage against the Islamic State militants.

The Jirah Airbase was captured by the Syrian Arab Army on Friday afternoon, marking the first time since early 2013 that they have had any presence at this installation in east Aleppo.

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I hope SAA will kill a maximum of theses stupids ISIS fighters ❗

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ISIS is giving the SAA and allies a hard fight for every inch of ground (Palmyra, Dier Ezzor and Jirah) but does nothing substantial with the FSA blitzkrieg from Jordan, bound for Dier Ezzor? Either ISIS has such a flawed strategy or it tacitly approves of the latter’s advance.

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If they can manage to throw isis back this will give the saa the opportunity to fortify the airport. Almost impossible to take it for isis from that point onwards considering the saa artillery around the airport. It would be an easy killing field.

It is easier to pick them off one by one when they need to attack. This will result in heavy casualties for isis no matter the outcone. The tiger can theoretically just retreat and poynd them with artillery again.