On Monday morning, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) – in cooperation with the National Defense Forces (NDF) and the Al-Ba’ath Battalion – launched a fresh offensive inside the Aleppo Governorate’s southeastern countryside in order to lift the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) two year long siege of the isolated Kuweires Military Airbase.
The Syrian Armed Forces have started this southeast Aleppo offensive from two different axes, as the aforementioned is targeting the terrorist group at the Jabboul Lake front and the town of ‘Ayn Sabil; this is meant to spread out the ISIS fighters in the Deir Hafer Plateau.
It did not take the Syrian Armed Forces very long to get their offensive in southeastern Aleppo going; in fact, within two hours of launching their assault, the Syrian Arab Army and National Defense Forces took control of the two hilltops at Tal Na’am and Tal Sab’in, which are located just north of Jabboul Lake.
While the Syrian Armed Forces would prefer to reach the Kuweires Military Airbases from the Deir Hafer Highway, their current advance leaves them only two villages away from the southwestern corridor of the airport.
The main objective of this offensive is to lift the siege on the Kuweries Military Airport, but this assault also has a positive effect for the Syrian Armed Forces due to the Deir Hafer Plateau’s proximity from the Syrian Government’s main supply route to the Aleppo Governorate.
According to a military source in the Aleppo Governorate, the Syrian Armed Forces killed the following identified ISIS fighters on Monday: Mahmoud Abu ‘Aamer Dandashi, Hajj Ibrahim Al-Turki, ‘Abdullah Al-Ahmad Al-‘Akrabousi, Ghazi Al-Nawaf, Jamaal Al-Jada’an, Abu Fahd Al-Iraqi, Saleh Al-Salmawi, Abu Al-Farouq Al-Iraqi, Mahmoud Abu Hassan Al-Muradi, and Abu As’ad Al-Sudani.