On Friday, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) infiltrated the Dahiyat al-Assad district after elite government assault troops stormed through several sites on the western flank of Aleppo city.
Following up on the full recapture of the embattled Minyan suburb earlier today, the SAA’s Tiger Forces subsequently took control of the adjacent Carton Factory while heavy clashes are ongoing at the Tires Barracks and Minyan sawmills. The latter site could be captured any minute, a military source told Al-Masdar News.
During the blitz Tiger Forces assault, the Desert Hawks Brigade, Republican Guard and the Interior Ministry’s special forces provided covering fire. Several pro-government factions are also present near the frontline, including Liwa al-Quds (Palestinian paramilitary), Hezbollah (Lebanese paramilitary) and Liwa Fatemiyoun (Afghani paramilitary).
Strategically, Colonel Suheil Al-Hassan is conducting a pincer manuever which looks to either envelop Islamist factions held up inside Dahiyat al-Assad or force their fighters to withdraw from the district entirely, effectively reversing all Jaysh al-Fateh’s (Army of Conquest) military gains and dealing a major blow to the moral of the rebel coalition.
Fierce skirmishes are ongoing inside Dahiyat al-Assad district as we speak with the neighbourhood itself split roughly fifty-fifty between the warring parties.
Today alone, one rebel faction faction ‘Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki’ confirmed it had lost 32 fighters in clashes with government forces on the western Aleppo front.
Since overcoming two phases of Jaysh al-Fateh’s assault on western Aleppo, the SAA began a major counter-offensive on October 6th and has since liberated the following sites:
►1070 Apartment Project
►Parts of Dahiyat al-Assad district
►Parts of Minyan Industrial Zone
From the SAA’s perspective, today’s advances serve to secure a buffer-zone around densely populated residential neighbourhoods in government-held western Aleppo.