Three days ago, the Syrian Arab Army’s “Cheetah Forces” (branch of the Tiger Forces) did the unthinkable, they liberated the Kuweires Military Airport inside the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) heartland after 34 grueling days of battle with the aforementioned terrorist group.
With almost every Tiger Forces platoon transferred to the northern Hama front; it was up to several small battalions from the Syrian Arab Army’s 2nd Division and Hezbollah to continue where their predecessors left off in the Deir Hafer Plains of eastern Aleppo.
On Thursday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 2nd Division – in coordination with Hezbollah, the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Aleppo City, Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions), Harakat Al-Nujaba, and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) – carried out a powerful assault along the Aleppo-Raqqa Highway that targeted ISIS’ defensive positions at the Sisako Factory and the large chemical production facility that is located across this roadway.
According to a military source on the ground with the SAA’s 2nd Division, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies advanced 4.5km along the Aleppo-Raqqa Highway, seizing the chemical production facility after an intense series of firefights with the ISIS terrorists.
The Syrian Armed Forces and their allies are currently positioned at the Sisako Factory, where they are in a heated battle for control of this facility that is situated approximately 3.5km away from the strategic Aleppo Thermal Plant in the Aleppo Governorate’s eastern countryside.
The Aleppo Thermal Plant is strategically positioned between the Kuweires Military Airport and the Al-Safira District of Aleppo City; if captured, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies can obstruct ISIS’ only supply route to their fighters in the western countryside of the Deir Hafer Plains.