The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) has had a rough 48 hours inside the Aleppo Governorate’s northern countryside, as the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) – has taken control of four imperative sites located on the outskirts of the provincial capital .
On Sunday afternoon, the Syrian Armed Forces captured the Aleppo Free Trade Zone, the Aleppo Juvenile Detention Facility, Jabal ‘Antar (mountaintop), and the town of Kafr Tunah after intense firefights with ISIS that resulted in the aforementioned terrorist group’s withdrawal to the nearby village of Fafeen in the northern Aleppo countryside.
The following day, the Syrian Armed Forces advanced to the village of Fafeen, where they were confronted by a large contingent from the terrorist group that refused to yield any territory to the encroaching enemy; however, the Syrian Armed Forces found success at the eastern perimeter of the village before sundown on Monday.
With the Syrian Armed Forces advancing to the village of Fafeen, ISIS is facing a serious threat at the recently captured Aleppo Infantry Academy, which is located on the fringes of the Sheikh Najjar Industrial District.
Currently, the Syrian Armed Forces are positioned at the southern perimeter of the Aleppo Infantry Academy; if Fafeen is captured, they will have the aforementioned site surrounded at two different flanks (western and southern flanks).