On Wednesday morning in the Aleppo Governorate’s eastern countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s elite special operations division known as the “Tiger Forces” – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Aleppo City and Salamiyah; Hezbollah; and Harakat Al-Nujaba (Iraqi paramilitary) – continued their march through the Deir Hafer Plains, striking the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) at a number of sites near the liberated Kuweires Military Airport.
The Tiger Forces and their allies began their large-scale assault at the outskirts of Humaymah Al-Kabeera, where they were confronted by a large continent from ISIS that was poised to obstruct their advance into this large village from the strategic hilltop at Tal Humaymah.
However, the Tiger Forces and their allies were able to bypass ISIS’ first line of defense to reach Humaymah Al-Kabeera’s northwestern perimeter; this rapid advance by the pro-government forces resulted in ISIS’ withdraw to the village’s parameters in order to prevent any infiltration.
Initial reports stated that the Syrian Armed Forces had captured half of Humaymah Al-Kabeera, but this was denied by a military source that is entrenched with the Tiger Forces near the Kuweires Military Airport.
Southwest of the Kuweires Military Airport, the Tiger Forces and their allies advanced from the Rasm Al-‘Abid Grain Silos to the strategic hilltop village of Tal Al-Ahmar, where they were once again confronted by a large ISIS contingent.
The hilltop village of Tal Al-Ahmar is imperative to ISIS due to its proximity to the Kuweires Military Airport; if captured by the Syrian Arab Army, ISIS’ forces in the western countryside of the Deir Hafer Plains will likely collapse, resulting in a massive retreat towards the city of Deir Hafer.