Over the past 48 hours, ISIS has launched an astonishing counter-offensive in northern Aleppo, thus recapturing all villages lost to rebels in the past week.
Despite facing Turkish artillery units, US airstrikes and hostile rebel fighters, ISIS militants were able to sweep through about a dozen rebel-held villages in a remarkable 2-day blitz offensive near the Turkish-Syrian border.
This has now put the Islamic State back in control of the villages of Tathimus, Qantarah, Mulla Yaqoob, Adabat, Wuquf, Mazra’at Shahin, Kasajik, Tall Shair, Tall al-Ahmar, Tall Sufayr, Qassajiq and most remarkably, the border-town of Al-Rai itself.
The advances were reportedly enabled through the use of some 11 ISIS suicide VBIED drivers, who completely overwhelmed whatever rebel defences and barricades that were set up in the region.
With ISIS insurgents advancing rapidly along the Turkish border, the latest skirmishes are reportedly taking place on the outskirts of Dudiyan and Mare’ as rebel troops are doing all they can to prevent further regional ISIS gains.
However, rebels are still in control of the supply hub and stronghold of Azaz, despite being cut off from their comrade fighters in Idlib two months ago due to a government offensive in the region that cut off the Kilis-Aleppo Highway.
While various insurgents forces are battling for turf in the northern countryside of Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) – backed by the Russian Air Force – has announced it will now initiate a large-scale mission to fully recapture Syria’s largest city, Aleppo.