In the southern part of the Aleppo Governorate, the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” – in coordination with Jaysh Al-Mujahiddeen and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham – launched a surprise attack on the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) frontline defenses at the strategic town of Al-Rashadiyah.
The assault – led by Jabhat Al-Nusra – began at 8:30 A.M. (Damascus Time), when a large contingent of Islamist militants stormed the western perimeter of Al-Rashadiyah, taking control of half the town and seizing a small cache of weapons after fierce clashes with the Syrian Armed Forces that spanned for over three hours on Monday morning.
With Jabhat Al-Nusra and their allies in control of the western half of Al-Rashadiyah, the Syrian Armed Forces countered the Islamist militants with an assault of their own after reinforcements from Kata’eb Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions) and the Al-Quds Brigade (Palestinian militia) poured into the town to force the enemy combatants to withdraw their fighters.
The Syrian Armed Forces counter-assault proved successful, as they reestablished control over all defensive points in Al-Rashadiyah after killing over two dozen enemy combatants from Jabhat Al-Nusra and destroying three of their armed vehicles that were mounted with 23mm anti-aircraft machine guns.
In addition to reestablishing control over Al-Rashadiyah, the Syrian Armed Forces faced-off against a large contingent from Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham at the town of Sheikh Mohammad, where the Islamist militants launched a powerful assault on the SAA’s positions before they were able to repel the swarming enemy combatants.