Around midnight, the National Defence Forces (NDF) – assisted by various paramilitary factions – recaptured Zeitan after Islamist rebel fighters stormed and temporarily seized the village during the evening hours.

Meanwhile, heavy clashes continue inside the village of Khalasah with neither side able to gain the upper hand overnight.

A military source in Aleppo told Al-Masdar News that at very minimum 20 Islamist fighters had been killed, with approximately 20 more injured. Most of the casualties were inflicted on the al-Nusra Front, the al-Qaeda franchise in Syria.

Furthermore, a T-72 tank was destroyed along with two BMP’s – effectively, rebel forces have lost half the armored vehicles showcased during previous southern Aleppo offensives.

Meanwhile, pro-government forces also suffered heavy casualties although the exact death toll was not revealed to Al-Masdar News.

The Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) is playing an important role in repelling the jihadist fighters, carrying out tens of airstrikes today, while the Russian Air Force remains passive for now. Syrian military helicopters are also involved in the NDF’s counter-offensive.

The latest reports suggest rebel forces to have retreated entirely from the newly entered areas although battlefield events are still unfolding as we speak.

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Nuri Gameofwar

Gunship helicopters need to be used sparingly. Just like tank mission they can fly over already captured or safe territories(flying low if safe enough to avoid detection) and pop out attack by guns and rockets to pre designated targets by scout infantry from safe distance several kms away giving fire support and return as a force multiplier to already active fighting ground troops.Spearheading attack, not combined with firecover from other land assets frontlines such as diving inside aa guns manpads is bad missions planning.

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Nuri Gameofwar

The key is at last attack phase gunship needs to have distance as well as altitude of several kms or available cover to be protected from aa gun manpad and atgms while giving fire support to other land units that shows targets to the gunship.

Lisa Erwin
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Lisa Erwin

congrats.

Geert Vanduffel
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Geert Vanduffel

go for it SAA & partners
link on wikimapia to “Khalasah & Zaytan”
http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=36.062005&lon=37.026844&z=13&m=b

Antonio Popač
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Antonio Popač

Thanks to Hezbollah return