On Friday morning in the Aleppo Governorate’s western countryside, the extremist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki, Jabhat Al-Shamiyah, and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) launched a large-scale counter-offensive in order to recapture the territory they lost to the government forces.
However, from the get-go, the rebel offensive was doomed for failure; especially after reconnaissance planes captured footage of a large concentration of extremist fighters traveling from the Bab Al-Hawa border towards Aleppo’s western countryside.
The extremist rebels would launch their large-scale assault at dawn when they stormed Al-Famayli and the Air Defense Battalion headquarters, resulting in a series of violent firefights with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the National Defense Forces (NDF), and the pro-government Palestinian militia “Liwaa Al-Quds” (Jerusalem Brigade).
Following a long and violent battle, the extremist rebels were forced to retreat from Al-Famayli and the Air Defense Battalion headquarters, marking an abrupt end to what was supposed to be their resurgence in western Aleppo.
According to a military source inside the provincial capital of the Aleppo Governorate, the extremist rebels lost over 40 militants and 2 armored vehicles (including 1 tank) during their failed offensive on Friday.
Deeply angered by their lack of progress, the extremist rebels chose to vent their frustrations on the civilian population in Aleppo City.
The rebels would fire several hellfire cannons and mortar shells into the densely populated neighborhoods of Aleppo, killing 10 civilians, including an entire family.