Tiger Forces Eye the ISIS Stronghold of Deir Hafer in East Aleppo
Last week, the Syrian Arab Army’s elite special operations division that is known as the “Tiger Forces” had surprised the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) by capturing three strategic sites near the Kuweries Military Airport, which further added to their overall progress in the Aleppo Governorate’s eastern countryside.
The Tiger Forces – in coordination with Hezbollah, Harakat Al-Nujaba, and the National Defense Forces (NDF) of Al-Salamiyah and Aleppo City – seized the villages of Shuwaylekh and Nasrallah, along with the imperative Rasm Al-‘Abid Production Facility; this ultimately paved the way for the pro-government forces to advance to Humaymah Al-Kabeera and Tal Al-‘Abyad.
On Thursday morning, the Tiger Forces and their allies were able to break-through ISIS’ frontline defenses at the farms situated to the south of the Rasm Al-‘Abid Production Facility, resulting in the pro-government forces finally reaching the small hills that border Tal Al-Ahmar.
Should the Syrian Armed Forces capture Tal Al-Ahmar and Humaymah Al-Kabeera, they will have effectively built a large buffer-zone around the Kuweries Military Airport, while also advancing their positions around the ISIS stronghold of Deir Hafer.