On Wednesday evening in the Aleppo Governorate’s eastern countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s elite special operations division known as the “Tiger Forces” – backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Aleppo City, Hezbollah, Harakat Al-Nujaba (Iraqi paramilitary), and Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions) – broke-through the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s defenses at Humaymah Al-Kabeera and entered this strategic village located 4km west of the terrorist group’s stronghold at Deir Hafer.
According to a battlefield journalist that is embedded with the Tiger Forces in the Deir Hafer Plains of east Aleppo, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies entered Humaymah Al-Kabeera after a violent battle with ISIS at the southern axis of Tal Humaymah; this prompted the pro-government forces to enter the village from its northern entrance.
If the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies capture Tal Al-Humaymah in east Aleppo, they will be in position to strike ISIS’ stronghold of Deir Hafer, which has been relatively untouched since they captured this large city in 2013 from the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
Southwest of the Kuweires Military Airport, the Tiger Forces – backed by the Syrian Arab Army’s 2nd Division – launched an assault on the imperative hilltop village of Tal Al-Ahmar, striking ISIS’ frontline defenses at the northeastern axis while the Russian Air Force’s SU-24 fighter jets bombarded the terrorist group around the village’s outskirts.
Tal Al-Ahmar is a key village that is located 2km south of the Kuweires Military Airport; if they are able to capture this site, they will have effectively secured its southern entrance.