On Tuesday morning, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) renewed its large-scale offensive in the Aleppo Governorate’s eastern countryside as they targeted the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) frontline defenses at the large town of Tal ‘Arn, despite several failed attempts to bypass their fortifications inside the Al-Safira District.
For several hours on Tuesday, the Syrian Armed Forces and ISIS engaged one another in a violent firefight for control of the eastern axis of Tal ‘Arn; however, the aforementioned terrorist group was unable to break-through the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses after repeated suicide bombing attacks (4 total) that rocked the town’s fortifications.
As nightfall approached, the terrorist group was forced to withdraw towards the imperative hilltop of Tal Reeman, leaving several of their fallen comrades at the gates of Tal ‘Arn while the Russian Air Force’s SU-24 fighters jet pounded their positions around the Aleppo Governorate’s eastern countryside.
North of Tal ‘Arn, the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division – in coordination with the National Defense Forces of Aleppo City and Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions) – launched a counter-assault at the small town of Al-Ta’anah after losing this site to ISIS over the weekend.
The Syrian Armed Forces were successful in their military endeavor to reclaim Al-Ta’anah near the Sheikh Najjar Industrial District, killing 14 enemy combatants from ISIS, while also destroying two armored vehicles that were mounted with a 23mm anti-aircraft machine gun.