Yesterday, ISIS fighters stormed government positions in eastern Aleppo, thus capturing an estimated 10 villages from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).
The area was mostly defended by National Defence Forces (NDF) who were unable to offer much resistance against experienced jihadist fighters.
Now, ISIS media has released a series of (presumed genuine) pictures, revealing that their fighters have captured a Russian-made T-72 tank and several other armoured vehicles from government troops who largely retreated from the region. Furthermore, much Iranian delivered ammunition was seized by ISIS.
Now, ISIS is expected to strike further west towards the government stronghold of Khanasser. If Islamic State fighters are able to capture the aforementioned town, they will have the only government supply line to Aleppo city cut once again.
Two months ago, ISIS made a completely similar offensive in the region and managed to capture Khanasser town for some 24 hours. However, at the time Tiger Forces were quickly deployed near Khanasser and managed to recover all lost villages, even inflicting more than 100 casualties upon ISIS fighters.
Clashes are still ongoing in east of Khanasser. Already, ISIS has imposed full control over the previously government-held villages of Jub al ali, Hayah, Zabad, Aqilah, Kuwayz, Sirdah, Qulayah, Tawbah, Masuudiya and Atshanah.
While some reports suggest the Khanasser-Aleppo road has been closed – this is not true. However, if ISIS forces can advance a few kilometers further west, they will have the Aleppo supply route cut off yet again.