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 Battalions), and several Iraqi paramilitary units – continued their large-scale offensive in the  southern countryside of Aleppo, targeting the Islamist rebel forces at the small villages of Khirbat Al-Shalash, Tal Dadeen, Kafr Haddad, and Al-Shughaydilah near the strategic town of Al-Hadher.

The Syrian Armed Forces and Lebanese Resistance did not disappoint, as they first imposed control over Tal Dadeen and Khirbat Al-Shalash after intense firefights with the Islamsit rebels from Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki, Liwaa Suqour Al-Sham, and the Free Syrian Army (FSA); these villages are located just south of the recently captured town of Hadidi and directly east of Al-Hadher’s axis.

Following the capture of Tal Dadeen and Khirbat Al-Shalash, the Syrian Armed Forces and Lebanese Resistance were finally able to achieve break-through at the imperative village of al-Shughaydilah, where they successfully infiltrated the Islamist rebel defenses en route to imposing full control over this site located just north of Al-Hadher.

With three villages surrounding Al-Hadher under their control, the Syrian Armed Forces and Lebanese Resistance shifted their attention to Kafr Haddad, where they were confronted by a large contingent of Islamist rebel fighters from Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, and Liwaa Suqour Al-Sham; this violent engagement is still ongoing between the two opposing parties, but recent reports indicate that the pro-government forces are advancing.

The Syrian Armed Forces and Lebanese Resistance concluded the day by beginning their long-awaited military operations inside the integral rebel stronghold of Al-Hadher; this resulted in several clashes at the eastern and northern axis of this aforementioned town – no gains have been reported as of yet.

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In addition to the participation of the  Syrian Armed Forces and Lebanese Resistance, the Iraqi and Iranian/Afghani paramilitary units have also joined the fight against the Islamist rebels in southern Aleppo – among these reported groups are Harakat Al-Nuajaba, Kataeb Hezbollah, Liwaa Abu Fadl Al-‘Abbas, and Firqa Al-Fatameyyoun.

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