The recent arrival of the revered Colonel Suheil Al-Hassan and his “Tiger Forces” to the Aleppo Governorate is no decoy; they are fully committed to conducting another large-scale offensive.
However, the Tiger Forces are not returning east Aleppo; instead, they are being deployed to the villages of Rityan and Al-Zahra, where they are expected to launch a large-scale attack against the jihadist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham.
Why Rityan and Al-Zahra?
These aforementioned villages are strategically situated at the northern and eastern flanks of the jihadist controlled ‘Anadan Plains.
If there is any part of rebel-held Aleppo that has been impregnable in the past; it is the ‘Anadan Plains.
For three years, the Jabhat Al-Nusra and their allies have been unchallenged at the ‘Anadan Plains, largely because the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) controlled villages of Al-Zahra and Nubl were under siege.
The Syrian Armed Forces are no longer isolated in northern Aleppo and the jihadist rebels are now on their own after the Kurds in Afrin took Tal Rifa’at and the Mennagh Airbase in northern Aleppo.
With the battlefield situation favoring the government, the Tiger Forces are now going on the offensive to put an end to the jihadist presence in northwest Aleppo.
According to an Al-Masdar correspondent that is entrenched with the Tiger Forces in Aleppo, the offensive in northern Aleppo is coming soon; however, no further details were given.
Should the Syrian Armed Forces seize the ‘Anadan Plains, they will have effectively encircled the remaining jihadist rebels in western Aleppo.