On Monday, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) and Jund Al-Aqsa (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) successfully repelled a pair of counter-attacks launched by the Syrian government forces in order to reopen their only supply route to the Aleppo Governorate.
Despite recapturing a number of points along the Khanasser-Ithriyah Road, the Syrian Arab Army’s Republican Guard and Special Forces were unable to recapture the most important villages under ISIS’ control, which has left them unable to reopen this supply route.
With Jund Al-Aqsa in full control of Rasm Al-Nafal; and ISIS in full control of Hawaz, Shillalah Al-Saghirah, Raheeb, and Rawayheeb, the Syrian Arab Army has been forced to split up their units in order to combat the extremists wrecking havoc along Khanasser-Ithriyah Road.
According to sources from the pro-government Palestinian militia “Liwaa Al-Quds” (Jerusalem Brigade), the Syrian Armed Forces should have the Khanasser-Ithriyah Road open in 48 hours, as they have the extremists flanked between a small parcel of land that occupies a number of points along the Syrian government’s only supply route to Aleppo.
The disruption of this imperative supply route to the Aleppo Governorate, marks the 2nd time in 5 months that ISIS has been able to cutoff Khanasser-Ithriyah Road – the 1st time was in October 2015.