During the morning hours, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) stormed Jubb al-Kalb and sometime during the afternoon, government troops finally imposed full control over this village in the eastern countryside of Aleppo governorate. This advance comes less than a week since ISIS fighters captured Jubb al-Kalb along with the neighbouring villages of As-Sin and Tayyibah from the Syrian Arab Army upon receiving reinforcements from Ar Raqqah province.
Today’s government offensive was aided by airstrikes of the Russian Federation and Syrian Arab Air Force that enabled the Tiger Forces (an elite SAA specialized offensive branch) to breach the Islamic State defensive lines at Jubb al-Kalb village. Reportedly, this village was also heavily bombed by artillery shells during the night as to demoralize entrenched ISIS fighters.
Two months ago, the SAA finally broke an Islamist siege on the strategic Kuweiris Airbase; this siege lasted for more than 3 years as only 314 soldiers survived the long-term assault. Surprisingly, government forces have since expanded their territory around the airbase by seizing dozens of villages from ISIS. For now, Tiger Forces are trying to reach the Sheikh Najjar Industrial District inside Aleppo city as to encircle a large area still held by Islamist fighters of the Islamic State.