The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is taking advantage of the recent rebel setbacks in the Aleppo Governorate’s northern countryside by striking the opposition militants at several sites inside the provincial capital, including the imperative Bani Zaid and Layramoun districts.
According to a field source inside of Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army – backed by the pro-government Palestinian militia “Liwaa Al-Quds” (Jerusalem Brigade), the National Defense Forces (NDF), and Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalion) – have launched a major military operation to seize the imperative Bani Zaid Quarter of Aleppo City, marking the first time since 2013 that the government forces have specifically concentrated on this area.
However, the Bani Zaid Quarter will not be easily captured by the Syrian Armed Forces because of the large number of extremists hidden inside this area that is situated next to Aleppo’s most densely populated neighborhoods.
Unlike norther and southern Aleppo, the military operation in Bani Zaid is strictly a Syrian government offensive with only air assistance from the Russians.
There are no Hezbollah or Iraqi paramilitary units helping the Syrian Arab Army against the extremist rebels from Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda), Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), and Jabhat Al-Shamiyah in the provincial capital.
Bani Zaid Quarter is where most of the indiscriminate mortar shells fired into the provincial capital come from; its capture would likely bring the end of the armed attacks in Aleppo City.