On Tuesday afternoon, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Kata’eb Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions – countered the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) recent gains in the Aleppo Governorate’s eastern countryside with an assault of their own that focused on the recapture of the villages of Tal Rayman and Al-Salihiyah.
The Syrian Armed Forces conducted their counter-assault in east Aleppo after the ISIS failed to break-out of the Deir Hafer Plains’ western countryside into the Al-Safira Plains; this left the aforementioned terrorist group in a position where they were spread too thin, which opened a gap for the Syrian Armed Forces to reenter Al-Salihiyah.
Following a volatile morning of non-stop firefights, the Syrian Arab Army regrouped at the outskirts of Al-Salihiyah, where they were joined by reinforcements from the National Defense Forces and the Al-Ba’ath Battalion, who helped them break-through ISIS’ frontline positions and recapture the village after a brief engagement on Tuesday afternoon.
With Al-Salihiyah under their control, the Syrian Armed Forces were in a prime position to launch an assault on Tal Rayman in order to recapture this village from the terrorist group.
Not long after the Syrian Armed Forces captured Al-Salihiyah, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAF) conducted a series of airstrikes above Tal Rayman; this paved the way for the counter-assault on the ground and the eventual recapture of Tal Rayman from the ISIS terrorists.
Tal Rayman and Al-Salihiyah are located along the route to the besieged Kuweires Military Airport that is currently being attacked by ISIS militants from all flanks.