According to a military source from the pro-government Palestinian militia “Liwaa Al-Quds” (Jerusalem Brigade), the government forces have reportedly recaptured Shillalah Al-Kabeera along the Khanasser-Ithriyah Road after a violent battle with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) this afternoon.
The source added that reinforcements from the Syrian Arab Army’s Republican Guard, Special Forces, Hezbollah, and Harakat Al-Nujaba (Iraqi paramilitary unit) have arrived to help clear the area from both ISIS and Jund Al-Aqsa (Syrian Al-Qaeda group).
In addition to capturing Shillalah Al-Kabeera, the Syrian Armed Forces also imposed full control over the small village of Zabad, which is located directly east of the Khanasser-Ithriyah Road in the Aleppo Governorate’s southeastern countryside.
Despite the promising news from Shillalah Al-Kabeera, Zabad, and Tal Hammam today, ISIS and Jund Al-Aqsa still control several villages along the Khanasser-Ithriyah Road; this has left the government forces without a supply route to the provincial capital of the Aleppo Governorate.
The coming hours will be critical for the Syrian Armed Forces as the longer this supply route is closed, the better for the rebels and ISIS in Aleppo.