The Syrian Arab Army’s 4th Mechanized Division – alongside Hezbollah, the National Defense Forces (NDF), and several Iraqi paramilitary units – are rolling through the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate, seizing several villages and points from the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), Jabhat Al-Shamiyah, and Jaysh Al-Mujahiddeen.
Making matters worse for the Islamist rebels in northern Aleppo, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies have officially flanked Jabhat Al-Nusra and their associates from the east and west; this has left the aforementioned opposition groups trapped between Bayyanoun and Rityan.
The Syrian Armed Forces and their allies have reportedly seized 75 percent of Rityan, leaving only a small part of the village under Jabhat Al-Nusra’s possession; however, they still have to capture Bayyanoun before they can officially secure the area because of its location along the Hariteen Highway that stretches to the Turkish city of Gaziantep.
If Bayyanoun is captured today, not only will the 3 year long siege on Al-Zahra’a and Nubl be lifted, but also, the capture of this village would mean that the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra, Jabhat Al-Shamiyah, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), and Jaysh Al-Mujahiddeen will be without a primary supply route from Turkey.
Below , video footage of Syrian army operation in North Aleppo