It took the Syrian Arab Army’s “Cheetah Forces” approximately one month to cross 20km of rough terrain and the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) defenses inside the Deir Hafer Plains of the Aleppo Governorate; however, this large-scale offensive has finally paid off for the Syrian Armed Forces as they approach the besieged Kuweries Military Airport.
On Monday afternoon, the Cheetah Forces – in coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions) – finally broke ISIS’ frontline defenses at the northern district of Sheikh Ahmad, resulting in the pro-government forces overrunning the terrorist group’s positions and imposing full control over this strategic town in the Aleppo Governorate’s eastern countryside.
With the pressure mounting on their forces, ISIS withdrew from several hilltops at the southern perimeter of the Kuweires Military Airport in order to reinforce their embattled combatants that were on the verge of defeat in the east Kuweries village.
Luckily, the Cheetah Forces and their allies halted their assault after they reached the Aleppo-Raqqa Highway that is located about 1km away from the Kuweries Military Airport’s southwestern gates and military housing compound; it should be noted that the Syrian Armed Forces halted their assault willingly, despite ISIS social media activists declaring “victory.”
Zero hour is approaching for the Cheetah Forces and their allies as they prepare for what could possibly be the last assault on ISIS’ defenses before they lift the two year long siege on the Kuweires Military Airport.