Earlier today, the Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division – backed by Hezbollah, the National Defense Forces (NDF), and several Iraqi paramilitary units – imposed full control over Bashkoy-Rityan Road after seizing the imperative Soap Factory from the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) and Jaysh Al-Mujahiddeen.

The capture of Bashkoy-Rityan Road has allowed for the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies to advance to the rebel stronghold of Hayyan, where they Islamists have enjoyed control of this village for over 3 years.

Should the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies capture Hayyan and Bayyanoun from the Islamist rebels, they will be within striking distance of the imperative town of ‘Anadan; this aforementioned rebel stronghold is considered one of the most important sites in northern Aleppo due to its location along the Aleppo-Gaziantep Highway and the provincial capital’s northwestern districts.

However, as promising as this might sound, the Syrian Armed Forces will have their hands full, thanks in large part to the large concentration of Islamist rebels in the towns of Hayyan and ‘Anadan.

In the coming hours, the battle for northern Aleppo will become far more intense as the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies attempt to capture Bayyanoun from the Islamist rebels that currently control it.

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