Tuesday was a rough day for the Islamist rebels from Liwaa Suqour Al-Sham, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Harakat Nour Al-Deen Al-Zinki, and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) inside the Aleppo Governorate’s southern countryside, as they conceded three villages to the Syrian Armed Forces and Lebanese Resistance (Hezbollah) before day’s end.

The Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division – backed by Hezbollah, the National Defense Forces (NDF), Kataebat Al-Ba’ath, and Harakat Al-Nujaba (Iraqi paramilitary force) – launched the first attack on the Islamist rebel defenses at Al-Sufayrah, capturing this village after a series of intense firefights with Liwaa Suqour Al-Sham and Harakat Nour Al-Deen Al-Zinki.

Following the capture of Al-Sufayrah, the Syrian Armed Forces and Lebanese Resistance advanced to the nearby town of Balas in southern Aleppo, where they are currently engaged in a fierce battle with the Islamist rebels from Harakat Nour Al-Deen Al-Zinki and Liwaa Suqour Al-Sham for control of this rural area.

However, the Syrian Armed Forces and Lebanese Resistance surprised the Islamist rebels with a powerful attack at Al-Qarassi and Al-Huwayz; this assault resulted in the pro-government forces taking full control of the aforementioned villages after Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Liwaa Suqour Al-Sham withdrew to the nearby town of Al-Hamra.

Currently, the Syrian Armed Forces and Lebanese Resistance are pushing south towards the Idlib Governorate’s border with Aleppo; this area is strategically located along the Aleppo-Damascus International Highway that the Syrian Government is attempting to obstruct in order to close the opposition’s main supply route from Idlib.

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