The Islamist rebels from the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” – alongside their allies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki, and Jaysh Al-Mujahiddeen – suffered a demoralizing defeat at the hands of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the long-contested Al-Khalidiyah Quarter of Aleppo City on Monday.

For several months, Jabhat Al-Nusra and their allies have tried to seize the Al-Khalidiyah Industrial Sector that is located at the eastern axis of the Al-Layramoun; however, they were unable to bypass the stiff defenses of the Syrian Arab Army on numerous occasions.

Finally, after more than 8 months of back-and-forth fighting between the Al-Layramoun and Al-Khalidiyah Quarters, the Syrian Arab Army – backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF) – seized the opportunity and cleared out this part of Aleppo City, capturing several building blocks that led into Al-Layramoun’s Industrial Sector.

In addition to their success at the Al-Khalidiyah Quarter, the Syrian Arab Army – backed by the pro-government Palestinian resistance group “Liwaa Al-Quds” (Jerusalem Brigade) and the National Defense Forces – cleared out the remaining pockets of resistance near Building 11 in the Al-Zahra Association Quarter of west Aleppo.

With winter coming, the Islamist rebels inside the provincial capital of Aleppo are facing a serious dilemma regarding their primary supply route from the Idlib Governorate, as the Syrian Arab Army continues their offensive along the strategic Aleppo-Damascus Highway.

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