The fearless Tiger Forces, one of the elite commando units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), are steadily flushing out ISIS fighters from their bastions in Eastern Aleppo; thus securing more areas in the parameters of the recently-recaptured Kuweires airbase.
Today, soldiers of the SAA stormed Uwaynah (i.e Arbid al-Judaydah) village; south of Qatar and Tal al-Hatabat villages and only a few kilometers to the north of Aleppo-Raqqa international highway (M15), leaving scores of the extremist Jihadis dead and wounded.
Informed experts say the wide-scale offensive is designed to secure large swathes around Kuweires airbase so it can be technically and logistically re-activated again by Syrian and Russian jet fighters. This comes amid conflicting reports about the Russians transporting advanced missiles and radar stations in the recent days.
If true, the rehabilitation of Kuweires airbase will considerably augment the effectiveness and efficiency of Russia’s anti-ISIS campaign in Syria as it brings the Russian hardware some 160 km closer to their targets in the organizations’ de facto capital of al-Raqqa, and more importantly and strikingly, making things much more difficult for the Turkish-backed Jaysh al-Fateh in Idlib by squeezing them between two jaws of a pliers; Hmeymim to the west and Kuweires in the east.
A parallel objective of the fresh assault, the experts explain, is Aleppo Thermal Power Plant, currently under ISIS control. However, the Syrian troops will more likely encircle the facility and attempt to capture it without much damaging it (if possible), field reporters who accompany the campaign told Al-Masdar.