The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) launched their second assault on the Kuweires Military Airbase some eight hours after they were repelled by the Syrian Armed Forces the night before.
On Monday morning, two ISIS contingents consisting of over 600 men (aggregated) charged the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) frontline defenses at the Kuweires Military Airbase, targeting the southern and western flanks of the base from their positions at their stronghold of Deir Al-Hafer to the southeast and ‘Ayn Al-Jamjimah to the west.
ISIS’ attack on Monday was far more successful than the day before, as they were able to breach the Syrian Armed Forces’ frontline defenses at the Al-Jurou Farms, Tal Rayman, and Tal Na’am; this prompted the Syrian Arab Air Force to intensify their airstrikes above the eastern Aleppo countryside, causing considerable damage to the terrorist group’s armored vehicles.
Despite their success on Monday morning, the Syrian Armed Forces were able to recover their lost ground, while also destroying six armored vehicles, including another T-55 Tank and a BMP outside of the Kuweires Military Airbase’s western flank.
According to a military source in Aleppo, the Syrian Armed Forces have a lost a confirmed 28 soldiers in the last 48 hours; while, the terrorist group has lost an estimated 100-120 fighters during their charge.
The source further added that the firefights are still ongoing between the Syrian Armed Forces and ISIS; however, there has been no infiltration into the Kuweires Military Airbase, despite ISIS social media activists claiming partial control of the base.
The Kuweires Military Airbase is located 45km east of Aleppo City and 20km east of the nearest Syrian Arab Army unity (Al-Safira District); if they were likely to evacuate the base, they will be traveling through a part of rural Aleppo that is filled with ISIS combatants.