Syria: Aleppo in Last 24 Hours
The war started early Saturday morning with an intensive bombing campaign by the Syrian and Russian air forces. Syrian fighter jets carried out numerous sorties over ISIL terrorists’ gatherings and positions in the East, Southeast and Northeast of Aleppo city.
The ISIL positions in Sheikh Ahmad, Abu Hinna hill, Ahmar hill, surroundings of Air Force Academy and Kuweires Janoubi were massively bombed by the Syrian warplanes, which left dozes of the terrorist dead or wounded.
Many ISIL military vehicles and equipment were destroyed in the airstrikes.
The Syrian warplanes also bombed and destroyed key positions of al-Nusra terrorists in several areas in Aleppo province today.
The Syrian air raids destroyed al-Nusra positions in the neighborhoods of al-Rashidin 4 and Bani Zeid in Aleppo province.
The al-Nusra Front’s defense lines in at least eight different locations in the Eastern, Southeastern and Northeastern sides of Aleppo came under massive attacks by the Syrian warplanes.
The Syrian fighter jets bombed Nusra strongholds in al-Jaberiye, Khan Touman region, al-Mefelsa, Um Arkilla, al-Ameriye, Rasm al-Abd, East of the thermal power station and East of al-Safira, which ended in the destruction of the militants’ military hardware and their heavy casualties.
Meantime, the Syrian Army announced that dozens of al-Nusra militants, including a senior field commander, were killed in the joint operation of government forces and Hezbollah fighters in Aleppo.
The army said that Faysal Sharif known as Abu Amir alongside many other Nusra militants were killed by Syrian soldiers and Hezbollah fighters near the Northern city of Aleppo.
The Syrian army continued its mop-up operations against the Takfiri militants in the Northern Province of Aleppo.
The Syrian army targeted militants’ positions in Karm al-Tarab district and al-Zahra neighborhood in Aleppo province, and killed tens of Takfiri terrorists.
The Syrian Army, popular forces and Hezbollah also pushed back the militant groups from Kafr Haddad in Aleppo province and retook full control over the village and its surroundings on Saturday.
The Syrian Army’s 4th Mechanized Division, Hezbollah, the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Aleppo city, Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalion) and several Iraqi paramilitaries imposed full control over the important village of Kafr Haddad after a series of intense firefights with the militants of Harakat Ahrar al-Sham, Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki, al-Nusra Front, and Liwaa Suqour al-Sham.
With the capture of Kafr Haddad, the Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah are just 25km away from the important stronghold of Saraqib in the Idlib province and 30km East of the predominately Shiite towns of Fou’aa and Kafraya.
The Syrian Army, NDF and Hezbollah could eventually earn victory after several days of fierce battle in Sheikh Ahmad in Eastern part of Aleppo and came still closer to the strategic Kuweires Airbase.
The Syrian army troops, the NDF fighters and the Lebanese Hezbollah forces, backed up by the Russian fighter jets, on Saturday tightened noose around the ISIL terrorists near Sheikh Ahmad and its surrounding areas to lift over a two-year-long siege of the strategic Kuweires airbase.
The latest reports from the battlefield said that the government forces are very close to seize full control over Sheikh Ahmad after killing tens of Takfiri terrorists.
Army sources announced on Friday that the Syrian Army troops, backed up by the Russian airstrikes, have taken control of approximately 250 square kilometers of land in Aleppo province.
“The Syrian army’s operation continues in the Southern and Eastern parts of province of Aleppo,” Brigadier General Ali Mayhoub said.
“In cooperation with civil defense groups we control more than 250 square kilometers, and returned stability to dozens of villages and towns in the region.”
“The army in collaboration with the civil defense forces managed to open the way to Aleppo to ensure the safe passage of this important route,” Mayhoub added.
The general also said that terrorists sustained a large number of casualties and loss of equipment.
On Thursday, the Syrian army, backed up by massive air support, continued to tighten noose on the Takfiri militants in Aleppo, inflicting heavy casualties on the terrorists.
The army destroyed ISIL positions, weapons and ammunition and vehicles in an area in the vicinity of the Air Force Academy.
The army troops also killed and injured a group of terrorists from the al-Nusra Front and other affiliated groups in the villages of Berneh, Tal Haddiyeh, Doulamah and Khan Touman in the Southwestern countryside of Aleppo. Tens of the militants’ machinegun-equipped vehicles were also destroyed.
The army, backed up by the Syrian airstrikes, destroyed positions of Takfiri terrorists in the neighborhoods of al-Rashideen 4, al- Sheikh Khuder, Salah Eddin, al-sheikh Said and Bustan al-Qaser.
Meanwhile, the Syrian air raids destroyed terrorists’ positions in al-Ameriyeh village in the Southeastern countryside of Aleppo.