The hits keep coming for the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) in the Aleppo Governorate’s eastern countryside as they have conducted another massive withdrawal from the Kuweires Military Airbase, despite being only 8km away from their long-time stronghold of Deir Hafer.
Last night, the Syrian Arab Army’s elite “Tiger Forces” – backed by the SAA’s 2nd Division and the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Aleppo City – launched a powerful assault on three villages located just north of Jabboul Lake, targeting ISIS’ defensive positions along this relatively untouched part of eastern Aleppo.
Following a series of intense firefights with ISIS, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies imposed full control over the villages of ‘Umm Zilaylah, Tal Ayyoub, and ‘Umm Al-Marra, leaving the aforementioned pro-government forces in position to strike the ISIS stronghold of Deir Hafer for the first time since 2012.
In addition to their capture of ‘Umm Zilaylah, Tal Ayyoub, and ‘Umm Al-Marra, the Tiger Forces and their allies have imposed full control over the strategic hilltop of Tal Humaymah, paving the way for their entry into the village of Humaymah Al-Kabeera this morning.
According to a military source in the city of Al-Safira, the Tiger Forces are currently combatting ISIS inside of Humaymah Al-Kabeera, where they are currently advancing south.