The Jihadist rebels from Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham captured the strategic towns of Khan Touman and Al-Khalidiyah on Thursday night after a violent battle with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), Hezbollah, and Harakat Al-Nujaba (Iraqi paramilitary).

Initially, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies were able to repel the Jihadist advances at Khan Touman and Al-Khalidiyah; however, they were unable to hold on for long after the Jabhat Al-Nusra and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham overwhelmed them with sheer numbers.

In addition to capturing Khan Touman, the Jihadist rebels also seized Tank Hill, which is located directly east of these towns.

According to a Syrian military source, the SAA lost a total of 17 soldiers during the battle while the total casualties from Hezbollah and Harakat Al-Nujaba are currently unknown.

The source added that 30+ Jihadists were killed, including the commander of Jund Al-Aqsa (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) “Abu ‘Aisha.”

Fighting is still ongoing in southern Aleppo; however, the loss of Khan Touman is devastating for the government forces because of its proximity to the Aleppo-Damascus Highway (M-5 Highway).

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MiKu
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MiKu

imagine the terrorists had airplanes.. the war would be over

daeshit sucks
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daeshit sucks

They had seized 3 OK to fly airplanes from SyAF then put two of ’em in the air… It wasn’t long until they were blown out of the skies by SyAF. Being a jet pilot at war is not for noobs: you must be highly trained and, in this case, Russians are here and S-400, Su-30/35/37 are pretty bad-a*s, IMHO, US planes ask to be allowed to bomb ISIS each time they enter syrian airspace. Did you noticed that turkish air force bombed the kurds in Iraq but didn’t even dared in Syria?

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prince teutonic

I just don’t understand how can’t they set up proper defenses! They could put minefields around perimeter and artillery zeroed in on the direction of the possible advance. Also put many heavy machine gun nests and also new Russian supplied automated radar guided machine guns…

daeshit sucks
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daeshit sucks

Because it’s all about moving : jihadis don’t attack well defended areas, they attack soft targets! If they state it’s well defended, they’ll try somewhere else… BTW, d’ya thinh Syrian army is very rich? They have mainly 40 years old aircrafts, no bulletproof vests and probably, from what western analysts say, lost about 85k men in 5 years… Why do you think they drop barrel bombs from choppers when you’d be much precise with rockets, missiles or even iron bombs can be targeted, although it requires a lot of training. It is estimated that about 200k foreign fighters entered the… Read more »

Daniel Kurz
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Its always back and forth in a war….but after five years of war its much more important to loose less men than oponent. So withdrawing and then sending Airforce could be good idea sometimes.

Hatem
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Hatem

What the f**k is wrong with the SAA are thay like sleeping. This and a loss also in Homs the shaeer oil fields.

uandme
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uandme

this is what i had mention before syrian army need to build proper deffence line after capturing town cities or villages , these is happening again again but nothing improvement, very poor deffensive strategy fro SAA, or just stop this war and try to negotiate peace deal with them

Amin
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Benefits of ceasefire and russian withdrawal from syria.

Meneer Bart
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Gerlinde Rud
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Gerlinde Rud

@petejohn10 put water around the City and wait????
???? https://t.co/UVlClyYiNP

Iran2016
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Iran also lost 13 IRGC members. What kind of bullshit is going on? Is there no strategy? Why so many losses against these bastards? Smoke them once and for all.