Little to no ground combat has been observed in southwestern Aleppo thus far today as Islamist commanders of ‘Jaish al-Fatah’ and the ‘Fatah Halab operations room’ have decided to abandon a preplanned six-stage offensive to review future military manuevers in the region.
Meanwhile, a military source told Al-Masdar News that the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) had conducted over 100 airstrikes in Aleppo’s countryside in the past 24 hours – the Russian Air Force is also highly active in the region as we speak.
The majority of government air raids targeted rebel-held positions at Khan Assal, Mansourah, Ma`rata, Zarbeh, Dahret Abd Rabo, Khan Touman and Urum Kubrah; these villages are located a few kilometers behind the actual frontline itself.
Rumours suggest Jaish al-Fatah and Fatah Halab are preparing new VBIED’s (suicide bombing vehicles) to spearhead the next wave of attacks on Aleppo.
Ultimately, Islamist factions hope to break the siege on rebel-held eastern Aleppo by breaking through the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions south of Aleppo city.