BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:41 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) elite Tiger Forces continue to expunge the presence of the ISIS terrorist group in the eastern Aleppo countryside as their offensive, thus far unstoppable, hones in on the strategic town of Maskanah – the last Daesh stronghold in Aleppo Province.
The objectives achieved for today by the Tiger Forces include the capture of the Al-Ajouzyah area (also called the “Second Farm”) just west of a large sugar factory which is six (6) kilometers to the north of Maskanah.
According to military sources exclusive to Al-Masdar News, the area around the sugar factory should automatically fall to the Syrian Army soon as ISIS cannot feasibly defend an outflanked area without suffering high losses. Rather it is more likely to be that case that ISIS will plant improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and mines within the factory area and its surrounding zone in order to delay the Syrian Army from entering it.
The military sources went on to add that if the Sugar factory is liberated by the Tiger Forces, then only the small town of Sukariyah will stand as the last obstacle between the Syrian Army and Maskanah.
At this point it is obvious that the battle for Maskanah is reaching a critical point, with ISIS deploying mechanized reserve forces (photo evidence for which was reported earlier) in an attempt to halt the Syrian Army juggernaut through sheer firepower.
NOTE: Reports are now coming in that the Tiger Forces have just liberated the villages of Mazran, Kinnawyah, Rasm Al-Hamam Al-Gharbi, Mahsneh and Al-Jamiliyah. A full report with an updated map will be released in due time once these claims can be confirmed and the new position of the front-line in the eastern Aleppo countryside accounted for.
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