The situation in Syria’s largest city of Aleppo has taken a dramatic turn as government troops and rebel forces managed to seize each other’s supply route, all within two weeks.

These supply lines have otherwise been in place since 2013.

Aleppo has been dubbed ‘the mother of all battles’ with good reason – some 5,000 to 12,000 fighters were lined up by Jaish al-Fateh and Fatah Halab for the southwestern Aleppo offensive, completely overwhelming the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) manpower.

Although Islamist factions have definitively broken through the SAA’s defensive line in southwestern Aleppo, they are yet to secure a road safe enough for them to reach insurgents in eastern Aleppo.

However, it is indeed possible for Islamist rebels to sneak into eastern Aleppo districts through tunnels and makeshift doorways in the Ramouseh district which is entirely under Jaish al-Fateh and Fatah Halab control.

Meanwhile, the SAA has established a supply road along the Castello-Bani Zaid axis in northern Aleppo. Supply trucks are now able to get through; however, the supply line itself remains dangerously narrow.

While in urgent need of widening its own northern supply line, SAA commanders in Aleppo must also prioritize recapturing lost areas in southwestern Aleppo which would effectively besiege Aleppo’s rebel forces once more.

For Islamist factions, the battle for Aleppo represents an important buffer-zone for Idlib province. If the SAA was to capture Aleppo entirely, this would lead to an inevitable government offensive westwards through the Jaish al-Fateh mainland.

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Amin

If if if if if if. I’m tired of these ifs.

JoAnn
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Then kill yourself or go live subterraneously.
Life is IF, always.

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if smart commanders they would not have lost. Not enough manpower means not enough planning or motivation that is a losers excuses. Also open at night and closed during the day claims does not convince anyone. They lost 100 or 1000 but they made achievements better than losing 10000 in one year and keeping moving backward and forward without achievements. Central command worth only 2 cents.

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siege over battle over saa wasting time in this area…. shame for saa i heard 25000 SAA +2000 iraqi shetti +5000 hizbollah all remain in vain…. shame

JoAnn
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BS, they had less than 3000 guys there.

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And they prefer ’em to backup in order to fight another day instead of becoming useless martyrs, shithadist style… Goatfuckers are likely to have lost about 1000 to 1500 of their boots and probably another serious batch are wounded. The habitual SAA loss ratio is about 1:5 and now they’re pushing in the north Latakia area as manpower has been moved from here to Aleppo… Now, SAA can have local volunteers : within a 1.5M population, most of the men having made military service, if they don’t want to end beheaded and their women and daughters used as s*x-slaves, even… Read more »

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Don’t worry the end of this week and next week will be intense.

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What they need to do is carpet bomb the choke point and then swarm south from Handarat. None of these hundreds of half hearted attempts at taking the camp, I mean full force attack. Then sweep down to Ramouseh and secure the entire city.

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Me thinks Saa have totaly screwed up. The moral is so high for rebels having achieved the impossible that they have a good chance of defeating saa in aleppo as they now believe. If isis make an opertune attack at same time then saa will be screwd. Guess we shall see next few dsys who makes the next big offensive.

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@leithfadel SW #Aleppo front in August 8,2016.#Syria
HD:https://t.co/k3qnJHbnWo https://t.co/GXIIvBU6pM THAT SHAME.

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@leithfadel LOADING ARMORED UP TNT AND OBSOLETE AIRCRAFT. AND A VOLUNTEER ENLISTED OR TERMINALLY ILL. PULL AGAINST ISLAMISTS

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That “map” is total bullshit, one fake ! Who’s that f*****g Peto Lucem ?? Is he working for terrorism ?

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go on twitter and find out yourself, you ignorant fool

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Excellent map by Peto Lucem.