Following the liberation of two villages in eastern Aleppo earlier in the day, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) proceeded to reopen a brand new flank in the area. Despite claims in ISIS outlets of jihadist militants imposing heavy casualties among government ranks, several units loyal to the SAA managed to push forward and seize the Hawwart Jabbul hill and fully secure the road which stretches vertically along the renown Jabbul Lake.

Remarkably, this stretch of land has been off limits to the Syrian Government since 2012; its capture will serve to improve logistic capabilities and subsequently stabilize the flow of goods pouring into the provincial capital of Aleppo from its relatively narrow supply route.

The offensive itself was led primarily by several contingents of the Republican Guard yet also supported by the Baqir Brigade (Syrian tribal unit) and Harakat al-Nujaba (Iraqi paramilitary). Meanwhile, Russian jets provided supportive airstrikes throughout the day, thus propelling the government advance.

With the Islamic State gradually losing ground in Aleppo province, the pressure is increasingly mounting on its regional strongholds of Deir Hafer and Al-Bab. This evening, the latter city faced a new powerful assault from the Turkish Army and aligned Syrian rebel factions which have besieged ISIS fighters inside Al-Bab for several months to little avail.

With zero hour approaching and several hostile factions in the region, rumours suggest ISIS commanders are considering completely abandoning eastern Aleppo in order to conduct a tactical withdrawal towards Raqqa as the Islamic State reportedly lacks sufficient manpower to uphold their defensive lines.

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In addition, an anonymous military source close to Al-Masdar News indicated further SAA advances were in the making as reconnaissance units continue to scout the terrain and challenge the endurance of ISIS’ fighters.

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What is going on with Deir Ezzor lately?

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ISIL’s offensive, which was intended to take the entire Deir ez Zor pocket, came to a standstill as the SAA offered more resistance than they expected. The SAA then managed to seize multiple important points in the cemetery and in the industrial district, almost reopening the supply route. They are allegedly less than 200m away from completing this task. Needless to say, expect an article on the road reopening to come soon, and also expect another ISIL attempt to cut it soon

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Do as the Iraqi army does & leave the corpses of Daesh to stray dogs on the roads….as a reminder to potential sleeper cells once the SAA liberates Al-Bab & surrounding areas.