The Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) launched a massive offensive at the strategic city of Al-Safira on Tuesday morning in order to find another breaking point in the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses; however, unlike their surprise attack along the Khanasser-Ithriyah Highway, they were not able to capture much territory inside this contested area of east Aleppo.
Instead, the terrorist group was forestalled by the Syrian Arab Army at the north district of Al-Safira after entering the city during the inception of their large-scale assault; this prompted the reinforcements from the predominately Palestinian pro-government militia “Liwaa Al-Quds” to help push the encroaching ISIS terrorists from the city’s parameters to the outskirts of Tal Reeman.
According to a field report from Liwaa Al-Quds and the soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army, the pro-government forces are in full control of Al-Safira after repelling ISIS’ repeated attempts to advance inside the city.
The field sources further added that the terrorist group suffered a significant loss of military personnel and the destruction of several armored vehicles that were mounted with 14.5mm and 23mm anti-aircraft machine guns.
Al-Safira is a Syrian Government stronghold that not only links the Syrian Arab Army’s main supply route along the Khanasser Highway, but also, the city itself possesses a large military garrison that supports several military personnel and their heavy weaponry.
In addition to Al-Safira’s georgraphical importance, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and several Iraqi paramilitary groups are also stationed inside the city.