No more than an hour after losing both Tal Jibeen and Ahras in the Aleppo Governorate’s northern countryside, the Islamist rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Jabhat Al-Shamiyah (Levantine Front) launched a counter-assault against the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) in order to reclaim these lost villages and drive the aforementioned terrorist group eastward.
ISIS’ success was short-lived, as the Free Syrian Army and Jabhat Al-Shamiyah combatants were able to recapture both Tal Jibeen and Ahras after killing a number of militants from the terrorist group during their powerful counter-assault on Wednesday afternoon.
The loss of Tal Jibeen would have been detrimental to both the Islamist rebels and the Syrian Armed Forces due the fact that ISIS is now fighting along the provincial capital’s northern axis; this is a tense situation because the terrorist group is sitting at the doorsteps of the Sheikh Najjar Industrial District of Aleppo City.
Meanwhile, east of Tal Jibeen, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces are standing guard at the village of Babinnis, where ISIS has recently set their sights on after capturing the Aleppo Infantry Academy.
Unfortunately for the terrorist group, they have recently lost four sites to the Syrian Arab Army and National Defense Forces in northern Aleppo; this was an attempt by the latter forces to alleviate the pressure on the northern axis of the Sheikh Najjar Industrial District.
On Wednesday, the Syrian Armed Forces launched their first barrage of missiles and mortar shells towards the Aleppo Infantry Academy in what is likely to develop into a ground assault against the terrorist group.