The Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division has launched a massive assault inside the Aleppo Governorate’s southern countryside this morning after a brief hiatus in early December to regroup and await the arrival of fresh reinforcements in order to boost the number of military personnel involved in this large-scale offensive.
On Monday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 43rd and 154th Brigades of the 4th Mechanized Division – in close coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF), Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions), and the Palestinian pro-government militia “Liwaa Al-Quds” (Jerusalem Brigade) – launched a powerful assault on the imperative town of Al-Rashiddeen in southern Aleppo, striking both the 4th and 5th Precincts that are under the control of the Islamist rebels from Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Liwaa Suqour Al-Sham, and Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki.
So far, the Syrian Armed Forces have secured the Islamists main supply route to the town of Al-Rashiddeen, while also taking control of more than half of the 4th Precinct after a series of intense firefights this morning.
The Syrian Armed Forces are hoping to seize Al-Rashiddeen by the end of the week; this would open up the road to the strategic town of Khan Al-Assal, which was captured by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Jabhat Al-Nusra in late 2013.
Meanwhile, in west Aleppo, the Syrian Armed Forces surprised the Islamist rebels of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Jabhat Al-Nusra with a powerful assault at Taloul Hazzim and Murtafa’ Al-Zeitoun, capturing these two sites by the early afternoon on Monday.