On Sunday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division – in coordination with Hezbollah, the National Defense Forces (NDF), Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalion), and Harakat Al-Nujaba (Iraqi militiamen) – continued their large-scale offensive inside the Aleppo Governorate’s southern countryside, targeting the defensive positions of the Islamist rebels from Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Liwaa Suqour Al-Sham, and the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” near the Aleppo-Damascus International Highway (M-5 Highway).

After a brief setback at the southern axis of ‘Abtayn, the Syrian Armed Forces and Lebanese Resistance refocused and recovered the initiative of this offensive, capturing the imperative hilltop of Tal Sinoubrat that overlooks the village of Al-Wadihi from the northwestern axis; this paved the way for the pro-government forces to take control of several sites in southern Aleppo.

Following the capture of Tal Sinoubrat, the Syrian Armed Forces and Lebanese Resistance took full control of Tal Qabli, Tal Mahrouqat, and Tal Hawayz after an intense series of firefights with the Islamist rebels of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Jabhat Al-Nusra, and Liwaa Suqour Al-Sham near the strategic city of Khan Touman on the eastern fringes of the Aleppo-Damascus International Highway.

The Syrian Armed Forces and Lebanese Resistance have advanced to the northern axis of Khan Touman and Al-Khalidiyah after four days of fighting; if they are able to reach the Aleppo-Damascus International Highway near these cities, they will have cutoff another major supply route for the Islamist rebels in southern Aleppo.

In addition to their success on Sunday, the Syrian Armed Forces and Lebanese Resistance have captured over 30km of territory from Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Jabhat Al-Nusra, and Liwaa Suqour Al-Sham.

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