Day two of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) offensive at the Kuweires Military Airbase did not go as planned for the aforementioned terrorist group, as they found themselves in the same position as their previous assaults, yielding little progress while sustaining heavy casualty figures at this airport in the Aleppo Governorate’s eastern countryside.
The ISIS assault began when a large contingent of armed combatants stormed the southern perimeter of the Kuweires Military Airbase from their positions at Tal Al-Ahmar, attempting to break-through the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) frontline defenses near the small village of Karkeez to the south of the airport.
Following their initial assault on the southern perimeter, another wave of ISIS combatants carried out an attack on the Kuweries Airbase, but this time from their positions at the village of Rassim Al-‘Abboud, where they attempted to infiltrate past the Syrian Arab Army’s defensive frontlines at the eastern guard post.
According to a military source in the Aleppo Governorate, ISIS withdrew their assault after sustaining over 20 casualties on Saturday, marking the second time in two days that they have failed to bypass the Syrian Armed Forces’ defenses at the Kuweires Military Airbase.
The battle for the Kuweires Military Airbase has intensified as of recently; so much so, that the casualty figures for both the Syrian Armed Forces and ISIS have sky-rocketed over the two weeks.
While the Kuweires Military Airbase holds no strategic value to either party involved, nevertheless, the ISIS militants besieging the airport view this battle as an imperative endeavor to rid the area of “infidels” (kuffar).