Lately, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has launched a major counter-offensive which aims to reopen the supply line from central Syria (Hama) to Aleppo city. By capturing Khanasser (Khanasir) and a few other villages, government forces have reduced the ISIS-held road to 4 miles; just yesterday, it was 7 miles. According to a military source close to al-Masdar, the SAA intends to recapture the road entirely within the next 48 hours to come.

Remarkably, ISIS fighters might become trapped in just hours as government forces continue to advance. Just a small escape route, largely made up of desert sand, links ISIS troops with the ar-Raqqah motherland which represents the capital of the self-proclaimed caliphate. Therefore, fighters of the Islamic State must either retreat while time is due or face persistent airstrikes of the Russian Airforce as well as seasoned government troops.

Currently, Tiger Forces (an elite specialized SAA offensive branch) are leading the efforts to recapture the road; however, their soldiers are also backed by hundreds of troops from the Syrian Arab Army’s 47th Regiment of the 11th Tank Division, the Republican Guard, the Liwaa Al-Quds Brigade, National Defence Forces and Al-Ba’ath Battalion. Earlier this month, the very same Tiger Forces unit captured more than a dozen villages from ISIS in eastern Aleppo and thus secured a steady supply route to Kuweiris Airbase.

However, over the past 4 days of combat, many government soldiers have died in battle:

– 49 soldiers from different SAA branches (Tiger Forces, Republican Guard, 47 Regiment).
– 13 soldiers from pro-government militias (National Defence Forces, Liwaa Al-Quds Brigade).
– 5 fighters from paramilitary militias (Al-Baath Ba’ath Battalion).
– 4 officers of the Syrian Air Defence.

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On the other hand, ISIS casualties amount to an estimated 130 to 150 fighters since launching their offensive a week ago; however, the exact figure can not be confirmed by Al-Masdar News.

Since ISIS cut the supply line to Syria’s largest city a week ago, government offensives elsewhere in Aleppo province have been temporarily halted as regional Syrian Arab Army commanders (most notably, Major General Suheil Al Hassan) found themselves forced to reconsider priorities inside the governorate. Whether or not Tiger Forces will recapture the final ISIS-held villages is yet to be proven; however, with the Russian Airforce blowing the area to smithereens, ISIS faces a considerable task in repelling them.

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kemayoran.airport
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kemayoran.airport

@lovelyMUJAHlDAH … isis will completely destroyed .. pendukungnya di indonesia jangan mimpi ..

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I’ve never seen such lack of interest for the life of a soldier…ISIS sent it’s best forces to take the supply route to Aleppo just to win a couple of days before being anihilated by the “Tiger” forces in North Aleppo. They sent them knowing that they were not going to be able to stand against a combined assault of heavy artillery and air attacks, because the spot they took stands in the middle of nowere, without any hidding place. So, there’s going to be a massacre of jihadists ????, they won’t be able to keep the route closed more… Read more »

@AOrti
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i hope they will not leave a way to escape…kill them all till the last terrorist

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Sean_in_Nyc

Unless you outnumber the opposition 10-1, you must always leave them an avenue of retreat. There is no better way to increase the tenacity and determination of your enemy than to give him no choice but fight to the death.

Read Sun Tzu.

Stavros h
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Stavros h

Not in modern warfare with firearms and artillery when you can reduce surrounded opponents after having surrounded them.

Jay
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Jay

They will either escape, or melt back into the population to begin guerrilla warfare and terrorist attacks.

Nadia Al-Belushi
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Nadia Al-Belushi

Great news. God bless Syria!

Stepan
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Stepan

Finally we also have information on casulaties on Syrian side…Though it makes me sad to hear it, those honorable Syrian soldiers who gave their lives fighting on the frontline against barbaric evil – not only for Syria, but for whole civilization – should be mentioned and remembered.

Quentin Bloke
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So, in other words, neither suddenly nor trapped at all. In fact, if past performance is any guide, after this hugely successful IS raid sleepy SAA will allow the enemy to withdraw largely intact and repeat the stunt elsewhere along their extended and tenuous lines. But that’s OK, because after only 5 years of this glaring incompetence there are still endless supplies of conscript cannon fodder left to be wasted in like fashion … in Germany, Sweden, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

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“Hugely successful” isn’t exactly what comes to mind here. By the looks of things, Islamic State won’t be able to surpass the benchmark they set when they pulled this off in October 2015. This was an act of desperation to try and win time on their end, pull attention of SAA and allies here rather than give them the freedom to act and choose the next area of operations, not any grand design to establish a permanent blockade. Oh, and regarding your incompetence-charge: I suggest raising that talking to either a conscript that actually manned the lines or a seasoned… Read more »

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Syria simply does not have the manpower to hold every town it takes if they want to continue advancing. It is not incompetence, simply mathematics. If you garrison one town, 5-10 other towns, somewhere, must be left unguarded. Five years of war has left the SAA with the bare minimum needed to conduct even modest offensive operations. The Russian air force support has given the SAA increased offensive capability, allowing the Syrian forces to conduct more aggressive offensive operations, but it does nothing for the shrinking number of boots on the ground. You go conduct the war with the military… Read more »

Zeljko Alkalovic
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Zeljko Alkalovic

Udri gamad vehabijskocionističku !!!!!!

edesi e
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edesi e

Kolji voda vriii!!

Igor
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Igor

SAA & Team, you are real heroes.

Sam Takeo ElAntony
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Sam Takeo ElAntony

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lib
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lib

SAA and alies would have liberated Aleppo city during this week before ceasfire take place but main reason now is clear of isis blocking the road was to halt the offence by SAA to liberate Aleppo,Assad is right isis, nusra, jesh whatever they name it they are all same and helping each other in different ways. cutting of aleppo-hama road was clear sign that isis helped the usa,nato,turkey,Arab supported rebel in Aleppo city, the time when SAA clear Aleppo -hama road there will be ceasefire so No liberation for Aleppo city ,i feel sorry for citizen of Aleepo

john
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Thanks to Russia not USA that supports Turkey, KSA and Qatar who support ISIS

Igor
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pls. is there also a number of kills on the other side?
usually it is 1:1.
in a heavy attack 1:2 1:3.
skilled troops however can keep their causalities very low, by 1:10….

Munir
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Munir

God bless SYRIA and SAA