On Thursday evening in the southeastern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army’s 555th Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division – backed by Liwaa Al-Quds (Jerusalem Brigade), the National Defense Forces (NDF), and Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions) – liberated another hilltop village from the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) inside the Khanasser Plains.
According to a military source in Aleppo, the Syrian Armed Forces imposed full control over Tal Barhouth after advancing to this hilltop village on Thursday evening; it is the 14th site that has been captured by the government forces since they launched this offensive earlier this week.
Over the last 48 hours, the Syrian Armed Forces have secured the southern bank of Al-Hamourat Lake in southeastern Aleppo, while also making a substantial advance towards the Maskanah Plain.
The Al-Maskanah Plain is strategically important for several reasons: 1) it is located along the western bank of the Euphrates River (Lake Assad part) 2) Jirah Military Airport is located there 3) its proximity to the Tabaqa Dam and Military Airport.
The area around Lake Assad is deeply entrenched with ISIS fighters and it has barely been threatened by any force in the last two years – so the Syrian Armed Forces will have their hands full.