It has been over a week since the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) has blockaded the strategic Khanasser-Ithriya Highway that leads to the provincial capital of the Aleppo Governorate; however, despite their misfortunes, the Syrian Arab Army’s 66th Brigade of the 11th Tank Division and their allies have steadily worked their way along this highway to restore all the sites they lost to the terrorist group.
On Monday morning, the Syrian Arab Army’s 66th Brigade – in coordination with Hezbollah, the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Al-Salamiyah, and the Palestinian pro-government militia “Liwaa Al-Quds” (Jerusalem Brigades) – continued their counter-offensive in the southern countryside of the recently captured “Ahad Mountains”, striking the terrorist group’s defenses at Hill Number 11 along the Khanasser-Ithriya Highway.
Following a morning of intense firefights, the Syrian Armed Forces and their popular committees imposed full control over Hill Number 11 on the Khanasser-Ithriya Highway after killing several enemy combatants from the terrorist group and destroying four of their armored vehicles that were mounted with 23mm anti-aircraft machine guns.
Not long after capturing the aforementioned sites, the Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah imposed full control over the oil fields and pumping station near the strategic town of ‘Aqayrbat, resulting in the terrorist group’s withdrawal to the southern countryside of east Hama.
With the recent capture of the Ahad Mountains and the oil fields near the town of ‘Aqayrbat, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies should be able to reopen the Khanasser-Ithriya Highway by the end of the week, pending no further setbacks.