ALEPPO, SYRIA (11:15 A.M.) - Over 1,750 soldiers from the Syrian Arab Army's 106th Brigade of the Republican Guard and 4th Mechanized Division have surrounded the jihadist-controlled east Aleppo neighborhoods ahead of the planned large-scale offensive.
According to a local government source, the Syrian Armed Forces have already finalized their plans for this offensive; however, they are awaiting the Russian military's final approval.
The Syrian Arab Air Force (SAAYF) has already begun their bombardment of east Aleppo, targeting several hideouts that belong to the jihadist rebels of Fatah Halab near the Syrian Arab Army's front-lines.
Not to be outdone, Hezbollah and Harakat Al-Nujaba (Iraqi paramilitary) have sent their own units to the east Aleppo front in order to help capture the remaining neighborhoods under the control of Fatah Halab,
While this operation will likely be commanded by the Russians, Iran will still play a significant role in the offensive as the intermediary between Hezbollah/Harakat Al-Nujaba and the government forces.