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:

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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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” It will nevertheless require their forces to advance 3 kilometers eastwards through territory the SAA seems far from willing to surrender.”

HA! One VBIED and they flee immediately, how have they not learned after 5 years of war how to deal with VBIEDs?? They’re an embarrassment.

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Ok genius, do you have any rough ideas on exactly how to consistently counter VBIEDs?

If not, then shut up and keep quiet.

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I do in fact, the secret is YOU f*****g SHOOT THEM!!! The Kurds rarely have problems with taking them out, and they’re barely a militia, why does the SAA, a real army, always, always fail??

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The best way to deal with VBIEDs is ATGMs. But considering mounting CIWS like AK-630M2 on let’s say heavy APCs would be even more interesting : the GSh-30-6 Gatling is more powerful tan the A-10 gun (+1200RPM) and the turret has 2 like these. 173 API shells per second would be devastating. Moreover, such CIWS are basicly made to intercept incoming missiles or shells. When you know how the 23mm Shilkas are efficient for both ground and AA use (the shilkas have downed more aircrafts than all the missiles ever shot in such purpose!), using the AK-630M2 would become a… Read more »

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This is a sign of desperation on the part of the rebels. A mini Battle of the Bulge.

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No, the Bulge consisted of the scraps of the Germans’ men, whereas Islamists are harvested from around the globe, they’ve got a never ending supply of wackos to join them. Manpower isn’t a problem.

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Sorry but the days 5000 roaches were entering Syria every month are over, a few months ago, it was estimated having shrank to about less than 300.

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Even though we’re against the Turkish intervention in Northern Syria, you gotta admit one good thing about it is it has reduced the number of fighters entering the country, especially to ISIS.

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It was a well planned offensive by the rebels. The SAA had a lot of time to prepare a strong defense line over western Aleppo, but they failed doing so. This was a huge mistake by the Assad’s regime, and the price may be the great city of Aleppo conquered by the rebels.

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I agree with the first half of your comment. But this won’t mean that the rebels will conquer Aleppo. The offensive will grind to a halt soon and any territory gained will be retaken by the SAA afterwards. Literally back-and-forth.

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These are not rebels, they are terrorists. There is no Assad regime but a Syrian government and he as been legally re-elected with even UN supervising the election while the elections in Turkey were clearly rigged so you can speak about Erdogan’s regime.
You may have surprises with the results of this offensive : wait until thermobarics fall on the cockroaches. Who knows, maybe Putin will offer us a nice fireworks dropping the FOAB on them. The problem with the FOAB makes is that you can’t count the scores : anything living in its blast radius will evaporate…