The Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division and Hezbollah got off to a quick start on Sunday, capturing three villages from the Islamist rebels of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra”, Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki, and Liwaa Suqour after series of intense firefights in southern Aleppo.

According to battlefield reports from the southern Aleppo front, the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division – in coordination with Hezbollah, the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Aleppo City, Al-Ba’ath Battalions, and several Iraqi and Iranian paramilitary units – imposed control over the villages of ‘Aziziyah, Tal Mamou, and Talaylat after launching their assault from the recently captured town of Kafr Haddad.

However, some two hours after taking full control of Talaylat, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham conducted a counter-assault at Talaylat in order to retake this recently captured village from Hezbollah and the Syrian Armed Forces; this proved successful, as they imposed control over Talaylat before noon on Sunday.

Following Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham’s recapture of Talaylat, they attempted to retake Tal Mamou from the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division; however, this proved unsuccessful, as the pro-government forces were able to route the Islamist rebels back towards Talaylat before they could infiltrate into the village.

Despite losing Talaylat to Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, the Syrian Armed Forces and Lebanese Resistance are now 13km east of the strategic Aleppo-Damascus Highway (M-5 Highway) and just 3km south of the village of Al-Hadher; these sites will be the primary focus for the pro-government forces in the coming days.

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