Just 24 hours after declaring the strategic supply route to the Aleppo Governorate under their control, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has reopened both Khanasser-Aleppo Road and the Sheikh Hilal-Ithriyah Road after clearing both roadways of roadside bombs and mines that were planted by the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS).
With only one route to the Aleppo Governorate, the Syrian government was in dire need to reopen this roadway because of both logistical support for the Syrian Arab Army and to allow the continuance of domestic commerce and trade among civilians.
ISIS abandoned the Al-Safira Plains before being encircled two weeks ago; this allowed for the terrorist group to transfer their remaining 800 fighters from this area to the outskirts of the Khanasser Plains, where they would launch a counter-offensive against the government forces last week.
The surprise offensive proved successful for ISIS, as they were able to obstruct the Syrian government’s only supply route to the Aleppo Governorate at two different points; thus, forcing the Syrian Arab Army to halt their advance in east Aleppo and western Al-Raqqa.
Unfortunately, the government forces can no longer neglect this area; it has been targeted by ISIS on more than one occasion and it has been officially cutoff twice in the last five months.
The Tiger Forces and their allies have now been deployed to this region of the Aleppo Governorate in order to build a large buffer-zone around the roadway and to eliminate the ISIS threat in the region.