On Friday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s elite 4th Mechanized Division – in coordination with Hezbollah, the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Aleppo City, Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions), Harakat Al-Nujaba (Iraqi Paramilitary), Kataeb Hezbollah (Iraqi Paramilitary), and Firqa Fatayyemoun (Iranian-Afghani Paramilitary) – launched a surprise assault on the farms adjacent to Khan Touman in southern Aleppo, resulting in the capture of this site after a series of intense firefights with the Islamist rebels.
Following the capture of the farms located between Khan Touman and Qarassi, the Syrian Armed Forces, Lebanese Resistance, and the Iraqi Paramilitary units turned their attention to the strategic city of Khan Touman, where they would immediately start an assault on the Islamist rebel defenses at the northern and eastern flanks.
While initial reports stated the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies were in full control of Khan Touman, a military source from the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Division confirmed that the city was not captured; however, he added that the SAA and their allies have entered Khan Touman and imposed control over 50 percent of the area, leaving on the Army Storage Facility left under enemy control.
The Syrian Armed Forces and their allies have restarted their offensive in southern Aleppo after a brief hiatus in order to combat the encroaching terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) at Al-Safira in southeast Aleppo.
Should the Syrian Armed Forces take full control of Khan Touman, they will be in position to cutoff the imperative Aleppo-Damascus International Highway that is used by the Islamist rebels from the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham to resupply their comrades in southern Aleppo.