Lately, Islamist rebels of the Jaish al-Fatah coalition have retaken a lot of territory in southern Aleppo, thus overturning the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) ambitions of reaching an isolated government enclave in Idlib.

Starting on April 1, Jabhat al-Nusra and allied rebel groups seized the strategic high point of Al-Eis in a move some deemed a breach of the U.N. brokered Syrian ceasefire.

Little more than a month later, Jaish al-Fatah insurgents redeployed much of their armored vehicles for an offensive around Khan Touman, which was captured on May 5.

Meanwhile, a further 7 villages have also been lost by the SAA and its allies, some of which were taken in clashes over the past few days.

The southern Aleppo front is somewhat under-prioritized by the SAA’s Military High Command as it relies heavily on paramilitary groups to do the dirty work in fending off rebel fighters.

Recently, Hezbollah has redeployed much of its forces from the East Ghouta (Damascus) to southern Aleppo in an attempt check further Jaish al-Fatah gains.

For both sides, southern Aleppo represents an important buffer zone to areas held in Idlib and Aleppo respectively.

The next target of the ongoing Islamist offensive is presumably Hader, a large town near al-Eis which was captured during a large-scale government offensive in late 2015.

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Sal Reugen
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Sal Reugen

The Russians need to commit enough troops to end this nonsense.

Kopfz
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Kopfz

No not the Russians. Iran has a larger and equally capable ground force. If Iran committed 20,000 troops, the war would be over in weeks. Dress them as SAA and nobody would know the difference.

El Cid Asaei
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El Cid Asaei

I have a bright idea, let’s have another “ceasefire” ????

Andrew Sivaram
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Andrew Sivaram

Russian airstrikes can make a difference on this front…

Garçon Cameleon
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Garçon Cameleon

w*f is putin doing

markus
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markus

Maybe ISIS fighters from north Aleppo province go to Turkey and then as “US backed rebels” they return via Turkey border in Latakia, Idlib, Seems that the US wants to capture Aleppo, this city is very important for US planners. ISIS is only a tool, like Nusra, FSA, the tool for American and Israeli policy. I think the US partially controls all rebel groups in Syria and Iraq. If some rebel commander is too independent they can easy kill him, and many of commanders are probably regular agents.

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akubako sirsindako

it seemed that aleppo will soon drop to islamist terrorist…. sad for saa

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888mladen .

If IRGC cannot firght terorists without RU air support than it means they are inferior to them since they arre on equal footing at the moment because neitherr has air support. Iranian army is a joke.

nec
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nec

IRGC is not involved there, it’s mainly the NDF comprised or volunteer units.

Amin
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Amin

No. Terrorists are much more than IRGC. Every 1 IRGC, 100 terrorists.

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Nader Shah

I’m not sure if you know this or not, but there are no Iranian combat units from the IRGC deployed anywhere in Syria. The Iranian army also.

There are military advisors, and attaches but not a single combat unit.

Sadrik
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Sadrik

Nader: Thats hard to believe as during single attack on Khan Touman last month, 13 IRGC members were killed and 21 were wounded. When you have 35 soldiers hurt in a single battle in one village, cant speak aboutt hem as “advisors” anymore…

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2016/05/07/464455/Iran-Syria-IRGC-Khan-Tuman-Aleppo