Six hours after their conducting their first assault at Jabal Al-‘Eiss in southern Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army’s 154th Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division – backed by Hezbollah, Harakat Al-Nujaba (Iraqi paramilitary), and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) – have launched another attack to seize this strategic mountaintop from the extremist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Ajnad Al-Sham, and the Free Syrian Army’s “Division 16”.
The first government assault was repelled by the extremist rebels before dawn on Tuesday; however, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies did enter the village of Tal Al-‘Eiss prior to their withdrawal.
Now, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies are storming this strategic mountaintop for the second time today; if they are unable to break-through this time around, they will be forced to retreat towards Al-Hadher.
Rebel media reported that 50-75 pro-government soldiers were killed by an ambush; but, this claim was denied by a source from the IRGC.
Jabal Al-‘Eiss is an important site because it overlooks the Aleppo-Damascus Highway (M-5), which is used by the rebel forces to reinforce their fighters in southern Aleppo.