Fresh off their failed offensive in west Aleppo, the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” – in coordination with Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Jaysh Al-Mujahiddeen – launched another assault at the Great Prophet Mosque inside the Al-Zahra Association this morning.
The Islamist militant forces conducted their assault around 9:30 A.M. (Damascus Time) on Thursday morning, when they stormed the Syrian Arab Army’s frontline defenses at the Great Prophet Mosque; however, despite repeated attempts by Jabhat Al-Nusra to bypass their defenses, the Syrian Armed Forces repelled the attack.
According to a military source in Aleppo, the Syrian Armed Forces killed a confirmed 13 enemy combatants, including two fighters identified as “Mohammad Fares Al-Younis” and “Bassam Mahmoud ‘Abdullah.”
The Syrian Arab Army – in coordination with Liwaa Al-Quds (Jerusalem Brigades) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) – continued their assault on the Scientific Research Facility outside of the New Aleppo Quarter – firefights are reportedly still ongoing with no map changes.
Meanwhile, north of Aleppo City, Jabhat Al-Nusra and company launched a total of 22 rockets into the cities of Al-Zahra and Nubl from their positions Al-Mayer; this is believed to be a retaliatory strike against the Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah for their offensive at the city of Al-Zabadani in western Syria.
The Free Syrian Army’s 55th Battalion has reportedly withdrawn from the town of Al-Mazra’ in northern Aleppo after fierce clashes with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham on Thursday morning.
In east Aleppo, ISIS attempted to infiltrate into the southern perimeter of the Kuweires Military Airbase; however, they were repelled by the Syrian Armed Forces stationed at this strategically located airport near the city of Safira.
Firefights between the Syrian Armed Forces and Islamist rebels were also reported at Al-Bureijj, Al-Hamidiyah, Jabal ‘Azzan, Al-Layramoun, Bani Zayd, Al-Manasheer, Al-Handarat, and Bashkoy.