Reports have emerged this morning of a large Jaysh Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest) force amassing in the southern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate in order to continue their long-awaited offensive at Al-Hadher.
A source from the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) confirmed to Al-Masdar on Thursday morning that Jaysh Al-Fateh is indeed preparing for a massive offensive in both southern and western Aleppo.
These jihadist offensives are meant to alleviate the pressure applied by the Syrian Arab Army on the northern districts of Aleppo City; however, this is likely too late after the government forces seized almost all of the key Bani Za’id Quarter on Wednesday.
Jaysh Al-Fateh’s primary target will be the strategic hilltop village of Al-Hadher, which has been under the Syrian Arab Army’s control since January; it has been heavily fortified since then.
Previously, Jaysh Al-Fateh mobilized a large force to capture Tal Al-‘Eis and its surrounding villages in May; but, this will be a different battle because Hezbollah and the Iraqi paramilitary units are no longer spread across Aleppo.
The date for this upcoming offensive is still unknown.