The Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” (Qawat Al-Nimr) and “Desert Hawks Brigade” (Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra) are at the doorsteps of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) strongholds of Al-Bab and Deir Hafer; however, the aforementioned terrorist group can breathe easy for now because the pro-government forces have their eyes set on the provincial capital of the Aleppo Governorate.
Last week, the Tiger Forces – backed by the Desert Hawks and the National Defense Forces (NDF) – imposed full control over the villages of Qatar and Tal Hattebat in Al-Bab’s western countryside, signifying a change in their east Aleppo contingency.
Why the drastic change? It is not necessarily a drastic change; if anything, it is a strategic move on their part to protect the Sheikh Najjar Industrial District that makes up a large part of Aleppo City.
In fact, if the Syrian Armed Forces lost the Sheikh Najjar Industrial District to the ISIS terrorists, the latter will have full access to the city’s eastern flank and a gateway to the residential neighborhoods of this economic hub in northern Syria.
More importantly, should the Tiger Forces and their allies connect their positions from the Al-Bab Plateau to the Sheikh Najjar Industrial District, they will have effectively encircled the remaining ISIS terrorists entrenched in the Deir Hafer Plains.
These recent gains in eastern Aleppo came just one week after a large convoy of fresh recruits arrived to the Kuweires Military Airport front in order to relieve the soldiers protecting the Syrian Arab Army’s territory.