On October 28, the joint militant forces started a full-scale offensive in an effort to break the siege of militant-controlled neighborhoods of Aleppo city that have been set by the Syrian government forces.
The operation was directed by Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian Al-Qaeda branch). Jaish al-Mujahideen, Fastaqim Kama Umirt, Faylaq al-Sham, Ajnad al-Sham, Ahrar al-Sham and the Islamic Front joint the offensive.
The attack started with substantial shelling of the al-Assad Neighborhood in western Aleppo with ‘Grad’ missiles, artillery and mortars. After that, three vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices [suicide – 2, remote controlled – 1] targeted the government positions and the militants released the main phase of the attack in the direction of Al-Assad Military Academy.
Altogether, about 3,000 fighters, up to 30 artillery units and unspecified quantity of heavy military equipment were included in the operation. The pro-government forces reacted with enormous artillery fire and air strikes. Air raids were also noted in the location of Khan Tuman, serving the rear base of attack.
Thinking about the sides’ military capabilities and the terrain features, SF estimates that the terrorists will not have the ability to break the siege of Aleppo in case of the effective operations by the Syrian military staff.
The Kurdish YPG have wiped out over 30 members of Turkish-backed militant groups in clashes close to the village of Tall Malid in northern Syria, based on pro-Kurdish sources. Since October 26, YPG units have conducted a sequence of attacks on the Turkish-backed militant alliance, also known as the Free Syrian Army (FSA), and retook the villages of Tall Malid, Jisr ash-Samuqah and others – from it.
In a separate development, the Turkish forces seized the villages of Diwêr El-Hewa and Eblayê that have been managed by ISIS.
On October 27, the Syrian army’s Tiger Forces and the National Defense Forces liberated the strategic town of Suran in northern Hama. After that, the government forces released an advance on Taibat Imam. On October 28, clashes persisted in the area.
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