The Aleppo Governorate’s eastern front is easily one of the most ignored fronts taking place in the Syrian war, despite the fact it is arguably one of the most important battles in the war to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS).
Regardless, the Syrian Arab Army’s Central Command is aware of its importance; this is one of the reasons why they have deployed the SAA’s elite special operations division (Tiger Forces) to carry out this massive assault against the ISIS terrorists that are spread all around the Deir Hafer Plains.
On Sunday morning, the Tiger Forces – in close coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Aleppo City and Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Ba’ath Brigades) – launched a powerful assault on the village of ‘Ayisha from the recently captured town of Najarah, striking ISIS’ frontline defenses at the southern flank.
Following the violent battle that lasted for most of the day, the Tiger Forces and their allies finally secured the southern perimeter of ‘Ayishah, leaving only 2/3 of the village under the control of ISIS.
If the Syrian Armed Forces are successful in taking control of ‘Ayishah, they will have effectively entered the southern part of the Al-Bab Plateau, which they have not had a physical presence in since late 2012.