The confusion is over: the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) is attacking the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in southeastern Aleppo; however, they are not alone, thanks in large part to the joint effort from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Jund Al-Aqsa (Syrian Al-Qaeda group).
ISIS and the Islamist rebels share control over the small village of Rasm Al-Nafal, along with 2 other points on the Khanasser-Aleppo Road that they captured in a simultaneous assault on the National Defense Forces (NDF) last night.
Both the Islamist rebels and ISIS announced that they control Rasm Al-Nafal and they have yet to attack one another; instead, they are assaulting the Syrian Armed Forces, who just sent fresh reinforcements to this front in order to recapture the points they lost along this road.
It is very likely that these forces have coordinated together in order to cutoff the Syrian government’s only supply line to the Aleppo Governorate; this would benefit both ISIS and the Islamist rebels because they’re both under attack by the Syrian Arab Army and their allies.
As this imperative battle continues to develop in the Aleppo Governorate’s southeastern countrysife, the military situation on the ground will likely become more clear.
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