On Thursday morning in the Aleppo Governorate’s eastern countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” – backed by Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) – imposed full control over the strategic village of Al-Siin inside the Al-Bab Plateau after a violent battle with the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS).
The village of Al-Siin is strategically located to the northwest of the contested Aleppo Thermal Power Plant that the Tiger Forces and their allies are currently storming from two different flanks.
With the capture of Al-Siin this morning, the Tiger Forces are close to cutting off the western part of the Aleppo-Raqqa Highway that provides ISIS access to a primary supply route in the Al-Safira Plains.
If the Tiger Forces do cutoff the western part of the Aleppo-Raqqa Highway, the ISIS terrorists at the Thermal Power Plant will only have one last route to resupply their fighters; however, these are seasonal roads that are difficult to travel through because of its terrain.
While some battalions from the Tiger Forces are expanding west in the Al-Bab Plateau, the units led by Colonel Suheil Al-Hassan are pressing ISIS’ defenses at the Aleppo Thermal Power Plant, where they are less than 300 meters away from liberating.
According to a military source from the Tiger Forces, the soldiers are close to breaching ISIS’ first-line of defense at the Thermal Power Plant and should be able to reach its gates by the end of the day.