The Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” and their allies have been incredibly successful in the Aleppo Governorate’s eastern countryside after launching a large-scale offensive in early October 2015 to lift the three year long siege at the Kuweires Military Airport.
Since then, the Tiger Forces have managed to liberate over 45 villages from the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS), while also entering a part of the Aleppo Governorate that has long been under the control of the aforementioned terrorist group and their affiliates.
With the Kuweires Military Airport firmly under their control and several hundred square kilometers liberated, the Tiger Forces and their allies are about to do something that will endanger ISIS’ presence in both the Aleppo Governorate and northern Syria: they are going to encircle them.
For the last 5 weeks, the Tiger Forces have been steadily advancing west towards the Sheikh Najjar Industrial District in order to link their positions in the Al-Bab Plateau.
So far, they have been relatively successful, positioning themselves within 7 km of closing the small gap that remains under ISIS’ control between the Al-Bab Plateau and the Al-Safira Plains.
Once that gap is finally closed, the Tiger Forces will have all of the remaining ISIS fighters that are entrenched inside the Al-Safira Plains surrounded – there will be no outlet to retreat.
The Tiger Forces are primarily concerned with the Aleppo Thermal Power Plant at the moment; however, once this imperative site is liberated, they will shift their attention to the final three villages that stand between them and their allies at the 3rd Zone of the Industrial District.