Moments ago, the Syrian Arab Army – spearheaded by elite Tiger Forces – captured the village of Wadiah in eastern Aleppo from ISIS militants. According to an al-Masdar source, the Tiger Forces – aided by a handful of tanks – stormed across the field between Tall Al Habbatab and Wadiah while government troops from Ayn al Jamajimah village provided covering fire during the rush.
Subsequently, a few dozen ISIS fighters quickly found themselves overwhelmed; some died during clashes while others were able to retreat to Tayyibah village further west.
Wadiah is about 9 kilometers west of Kuweiris (Rasin El Aboud) Airbase; thus, today’s advance hints at the gradual establishment of a buffer zone around the air field.
Meanwhile, ISIS militants in the area southwest of Wadiah village find themselves under pressure from three different sides. If the Syrian Arab Army is to close this pocket, it would secure the government supply line from the Aleppo city mainland to Kuweiris Airbase.