Following the capture of the Dahiyat Al-Assad district, Islamist rebels fighting under the Jaish al-Fatah banner continued advancing in western Aleppo.
Primarily due to a suicide bombing conducted by the Turkistan Islamic Party, Islamist rebels were able impose full control over the 1070 Apartment Complex, located roughly a kilometer southeast of the Al-Assad district.
After a month of back and forth clashes, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) was reduced to 20% control of the 1070 Apartment Complex prior to today. Although several Syrian soldiers were killed by foreign suicide bomber Hozaifa Alturki, most of the SAA’s forces were able to withdraw to the neighbouring Ramouseh Artillery Base and 3000 Apartment Complex.
The Turkistan Islamic Party bragged about suicide bomber Hozaifa Alturki on social media:
Meanwhile, preliminary reports of Jaish al-Fateh entering the 3000 Apartment Complex and Hamadaniyah district are untrue although fierce clashes continue on the perimeter of these suburbs. SAA troops stationed here are also facing heavy artillery bombardment.
In a related development, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported at least 15 civilians were killed and over 100 wounded by rebels shells landing on government-held areas of western Aleppo.
If the Islamist rebels are to capture the aforementioned districts and the Ramouseh Artillery Base, they will effectively have broken the siege of insurgents in eastern Aleppo. It will nevertheless require their forces to advance 3 kilometers eastwards through territory the SAA seems far from willing to surrender.
Simultaneously with Jaish al-Fateh attacking western Aleppo, the Islamic State launched an offensive on government-held areas near Kuweiris Airbase in the eastern Aleppo countryside. The latter ISIS offensive was completely thwarted, arguably due to the redeployment of the Desert Hawks Brigade to this region.
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