DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:00 P.M.) – On May 9, after over a month of hiatus, Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) elite Tiger Forces division alongside with allied Army and pro-government paramilitary units restarted the large-scale military operation against the so-called “Islamic State” (IS, formerly ISIL/ISIS) in eastern Aleppo countryside.
After two weeks of violent clashes with IS jihadists, SAA and allies managed to seize 31 sites, including strategic Jirrah Airbase, several towns, a lot of villages and hills.
More than 3,000 IS militants have been reportedly killed or injured in the ongoing battle so far.
Jihadists also suffered heavy losses in terms of military equipment, installations and vehicles as Syrian Army destroyed:
– 19 IS tanks;
– 5 BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicles;
– 11 VBIEDs, or simply, car bombs;
– 6 artillery pieces;
– 9 ammo storages;
– 2 communication centres;
– 61 bases and encampments.
However, the most significant blow for IS comes with elimination of prominent commanders and emirs:
– Abu Uday Al-Iraqi, military commander of IS forces in east Aleppo;
– Abu Walid Al-Tunisi, IS-appointed court judge of east Aleppo;
– Ubadah Al-Da’boul, emir of Dibsi Farj town;
– Abd Al-Rahman Motawe, emir of Thogor town (Saudi national);
– Abu Muhammad Al-Najdi, emir (Saudi national);
– Abu Mosab Al-Masri, minister of war in IS.
This list includes only most prominent and influential commanders, while also many other emirs of local villages and military commanders have been neutralized since restart of the operation.
Meanwhile, government forces continue their steamroll-like advance in the region pushing further south to Maskana Plains. Three more villages, namely Al-Salihiyah, Al-Batushiyah and Al-Sumari were liberated today as a result of fresh assault.