Moments ago, the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki, and Jabhat Al-Shamiyah launched a new offensive in northern Aleppo to seize the imperative village of Al-Bureij near the Sheikh Najar Industrial District.
According to preliminary reports from northern Aleppo, the Islamist rebels attempted to advance from the Hanano District towards Al-Bureij, where they were confronted by a large force comprised of soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the National Defense Forces (NDF), and Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions.
Currently, the Islamist rebels and the Syrian Armed Forces are involved in a fierce firefight at the southern axis of Al-Bureij; this battle has been going on for quite some time, with neither side making any significant advances in the past.
Yesterday, the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham attempted to captured the strategic hilltop of Tal Al-Madafa near the village of Handarat in northern Aleppo; however, they were repelled by the National Defense Forces after a 4 hour long battle.
While, it may appear that the Islamist rebels are making a comeback in northern Aleppo; this is a completely different front that is located near the Sheikh Najar Industrial District and has nothing to do with the battle taking place along the Aleppo-Gaziantep Highway.