On Wednesday afternoon inside the southern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate, the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki, and Liwaa Suqour Al-Sham launched a powerful counter-assault at the strategic village of Al-Khalidiyah in order to reopen their imperative supply route along the Aleppo-Damascus Highway (M-5 Highway).

Following a four hour battle with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions) and the National Defense Forces (NDF), the Islamist rebels – specifically, Jabhat Al-Nusra and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham – imposed full control over the village of Al-Khalidiyah, resulting in the withdrawal of the government forces to the integral town of Khan Touman.

The Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki, and Liwaa Suqour Al-Sham were able to capitalize on the poor defenses of the Syrian Armed Forces in southern Aleppo, thanks in large part to recent transfer of Hezbollah and Iraqi paramilitary units to the northern front, where they lifted the three year long siege on the predominately Shi’i towns of Al-Zahra’a and Nubl.

With the their capture of Al-Khalidiyah on Wednesday, the Islamist rebels are now able to resupply their fighters at the imperative towns of Al-Rashiddeen and Khan Al-Assal, while also attempting to push the Syrian Armed Forces east.

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tipex12
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2016-02-04 04:15

cant understand how that town is relevant to the ability to resupply anywhere. its as if u think people cant use back roads

3AM
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2016-02-04 01:35

Again religion interfering with strategic planing. When these Iranians will stop making decisions based on their religious believes instead of dictates of the situation on the battlefield?

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2016-02-04 04:06

What does SAA think that the rebels are stupid and wouldn’t take the advantage of the newly created situation by weakening the Southern Aleppo defenses in order to free two Shia strategically insignificant villages? They’ve been running ahead of time and they might pay for it dearly. .

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2016-02-04 01:36

Stop being emotional and use your common sense.