On Thursday morning in the Aleppo Governorate’s southern countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division – in coordination with Hezbollah, the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Aleppo City, and Harakat Al-Nujaba – continued their powerful offensives to capture the strategic towns of Al-Barqoum, Khan Touman, and Al-Zorba from the Islamist rebels of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), Liwaa Suqour Al-Sham, and Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki.
The Syrian Armed Forces and their allies began the assault on Thursday morning from their positions at the villages of Zeitan and Burnah, which are located west of Tal Al-‘Eiss; once they reached the towns of Al-Zorba, Khan Touman, and Al-Barqoum, they were confronted by a large force of Islamist rebels that were prepared for the imminent assault.
According to a battlefield journalist embedded with the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies are attempting to enter the towns of Khan Touman, Al-Barqoum, and Al-Zorba as they receive covering fire from the Russian Air Force’s fighter jets that are pounding the Islamist rebel defenses.
As a result of today’s assault, the Islamist governor of Idlib and prominent member of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham – “Abu ‘Abdel-Salaam” – was reportedly killed by Hezbollah during their relentless assault on the town of Al-Zorba.
Abu ‘Abdel-Salaam was born in this Idlibi town of Binnish – he was a popular field commander of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham before being named the governor of Idlib.