BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:05 P.M.) – The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) launched a powerful counter-attack in the southeastern countryside of Aleppo on Thursday, targeting the Khanasser Road that leads to the provincial capital.
ISIS began the assault by storming the villages near Umm Mayal, seizing all of them before making their way to Khanasser Road, where they briefly imposed fire control over the roadway.
With the government’s only supply route cutoff in southeast Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army’s Republican Guard forces launched a powerful attack to push back the terrorist group and reestablish control over this road.
This counter-attack would prove successful on Thursday afternoon, as the Syrian Arab Army not only reopened Khanasser Road to Aleppo, but also, recaptured several points east of the Khanasser Plain.
Recently, the Syrian Arab Army has attempted to build a buffer-zone around the Khanasser Road; this has forced the Islamic State to redeploy fighters to this front in order to maintain their ground and beat back the government forces.