On Sunday evening in the Aleppo Governorate’s eastern countryside, the Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” – in close coordination with Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) – advanced deep inside the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) controlled part of the Al-Safira Plains, seizing several villages and hilltops en route to entering the village of Taybah near the Aleppo Thermal Power Plant.
For nearly two weeks, the Tiger Forces and their allies have been on the brink of breaking through ISIS’ front-line defenses at the imperative village of Al-Si’in; however, the aforementioned terrorist group was able to withstand the onslaught and maintain control of this site in the Al-Safira Plains.
With the battle of Al-Si’in ongoing, the Tiger Forces shifted their attention to the strategic Aleppo Thermal Power Plant that was only located 2.5 km south of their positions at the village of Al-‘Afesh.
The Tiger Forces and Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra surprised ISIS with a powerful assault on the small villages of Al-Ma’rufiyah and Al-Haydiriyah; this battle would result in a swift victory for the government forces by mid-day on Sunday.
Not long after capturing the aforementioned villages, the Tiger Forces and their allies stormed Taybah, where they were confronted by a large ISIS unit that was poised to forestall their advance towards the Aleppo Thermal Power Plant.
However, the attack by the Tiger Forces and their allies proved too powerful for the ISIS defenses, as the latter made the obligatory decision to retreat south to the Aleppo Thermal Power Plant in order to strengthen their fortifications.
As a result of their success at Taybah village, the Syrian Armed Forces are now within 300 meters of the Aleppo Thermal Power Plant.
Making matters worse for ISIS, another contingent from the Tiger Forces seized the village of Barlihiyah, which means that the government forces are 7 km away from completely encircling the remaining terrorists in the Al-Safira Plains.
The next 48 hours in east Aleppo will be critical for ISIS; if they are unable to halt the Tiger Forces’ advance, they will face one of their most embarrassing defeats in this war.
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