Three weeks after losing the eastern countryside of the Khanasser Plains, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) has decided to launch a large-scale counter-offensive to recapture several kilometers of territory in east Aleppo.
According to the Russian Defense Minister, intelligence reports revealed that the terrorist group has mobilized a large force in order to counter-attack the Syrian Armed Forces near the strategic cities of Al-Bab and Deir Hafer.
If true, this would be the perfect time for ISIS to attack the Syrian Armed Forces in east Aleppo; this is due to the large number of inexperienced soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) that have been tasked to replace the veteran “Tiger Forces” in the Al-Safira and Deir Hafer plains.
ISIS has thrived in these scenarios (e.g. Tabaqa Military Airport battle); especially against inexperienced fighters from the Syrian Arab Army and National Defense Forces (NDF).
The Russian Defense Minister did not provide any details regarding the date or time of this future ISIS offensive; however, it is likely to start soon in order to alleviate the pressure on Palmyra.