The eastern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate has been rather quiet as of late, due to the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) tactical decision to allow for reinforcements in order for them to make another substantial push towards the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) stronghold at Deir Hafer.
On Wednesday morning, several units that were on-leave from the Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” returned to the volatile Deir Hafer front in order to resume their massive offensive in eastern Aleppo; these units from the SAA’s special forces were also joined by reinforcements from the National Defense Forces (NDF).
The Tiger Forces – in coordination with the National Defense Forces of Aleppo City and Al-Salamiyah – struck ISIS at two different flanks near the Kuweires Military Airport. The attacks were focused on the strategic villages of Tal Al-Ahmar (southern flank) and Humaymah Al-Kabeera (eastern flank).
At Tal Al-Ahmar, the Syrian Armed Forces attempted to press further along the seasonal road that leads from the Rasm Al-‘Abid Production Facility to the aforementioned village.
The Tiger Forces and their allies successfully advanced their positions along this seasonal road, capturing several meters of territory before nightfall dissipated the fire-fights between the pro-government forces and ISIS.
Meanwhile at the Humaymah Al-Kabeera front, the Tiger Forces and their allies were immersed in a heated battle with ISIS at the imperative hilltop that overlooks this large village situated to the west of Deir Hafer.
According to a military source that is embedded with the Tiger Forces in east Aleppo, the Syrian Armed Forces managed to secure Tal Humaymah while also seizing a BMP and several automatic rifles that belonged to the terrorist group.
The fighting is expected to continue in the coming days as more reinforcements pour into this front, giving the Tiger Forces a necessary boost in manpower.