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

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Segi Nus
Segi Nus
2016-02-02 12:23

@leithfadel Why “have to capture Bayyanoun…b/c its location along the Hariteen Highway”? HW is cut in Zahraa. No roads left

Observer23
Observer23
2016-02-02 17:02
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SAA still need to lift the siege in Zahraa/Nubl, like the offensive in Kuweires AB. If Bayyanoun is captured, it would create a buffer zone against rebel attacks/reinforcement from the north. SAA could then use the Hariteen highway to capture Anadan/Harithan/Hraytan and its outskirts to Aleppo. Rebel supply route from the north was effectively cut during the capture of Tell Jabin. Rebels could still resupply though, from the west through the Sarmada.

عبد الله الشب
عبد الله الشب
2016-02-02 12:29

Ayman Hammash

Ryoji Hoshi
Ryoji Hoshi
2016-02-02 13:11

Notice

Andrew Sivaram
Andrew Sivaram
2016-02-02 13:57

Well done!!