On Friday morning in the Aleppo Governorate’s eastern countryside, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) launched a surprise offensive to recapture the small hilltop village of Tal Na’am that is situated just east of the Syrian Government stronghold of Al-Safira.
However, ISIS found themselves attacking a well-fortified village that was filled with over 400 soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and National Defense Forces (NDF); this large concentration of military personnel and their heavy weaponry made Tal Na’am’s defenses impregnable for the encroaching enemy combatants.
It did not matter to ISIS; instead, they conducted their wide-scale assault from the southeastern perimeter of Tal Na’am, where they found themselves marching through a mine field that was coalesced with large, mounted machine gun turrets at the village’s entrance.
ISIS’ overeagerness got the best of them, as they were quickly repelled by the Syrian Armed Forces after a brief one hour battle.
Undeterred by their previous loss, ISIS launched another assault on the village of Tal Na’am, which also ended in complete disaster after their own frontlines were fractured by the Syrian Armed Forces.
Accoridng to a military source that is embedded with the National Defense Forces, the Syrian Armed Forces killed over 30+ militants from ISIS, including a number of foreign fighters from Turkey and Saudi Arabia.