The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has endured a number of offensives conducted by the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and their allies inside of western Aleppo; however, the tide has quickly turned for the pro-government forces, as they fully recovered the territory lost to the aforementioned Islamist group at the Al-Zahra Association Quarter last night.
According to a military source inside the provincial capital of the Aleppo Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army – backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF), Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions), and the predominately Palestinian pro-government militia “Liwaa Al-Quds” (Jerusalem Brigades) – launched a surprise assault on the Islamist rebels’ defensive positions at the western sector of Al-Zahra; this resulted in the recapture of 6 major buildings, including the Great Prophet Mosque.
On Wednesday morning, the Syrian Armed Forces regrouped after their successful surprise attack inside the Al-Zahra Association Quarter; this time, they were poised to assault Islamist rebel positions of Jabhat Al-Nusra and Harakat Nour Al-Deen Al-Zinki at the western sector of the Al-Layramoun Quarter.
The Syrian Arab Army and National Defense Forces struck Jabhat Al-Nusra and Harakat Nour Al-Deen Al-Zinki at the Al-Tabri School and the Al-Layramoun Factory, killing a confirmed 18 enemy combatants from the aforementioned Islamist groups before nightfall dissipated the ongoing firefights between the two opposing sides.
It remains unclear whether or not the Syrian Armed Forces are going to push into the Al-Layramoun Quarter; however, if they do, they will be in for quite the battle, as the Islamists are deeply entrenched inside this area.