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Syrian Army Kicks Off Fresh Operation on Western Rims of Aleppo City

30 November 2016 9:06

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The Syrian army and popular forces started a new round of assaults in the Westernmost edge of Aleppo city on Tuesday to purge terrorists from regions that are still under their control, after capturing almost half of the city’s Eastern districts.

The Syrian army troops and the Lebanese Hezbollah fighters backed by the missile and artillery units fiercely attacked the terrorists’ military bases in Jamiat al-Zahra district as the country’s fighter jets strongly hit the terrorists’ military positions there.

The government troops and Hezbollah fighters started their operation from the Western flank of Jamiat al-Zahra.

“The terrorist groups are fully aware that if their defense lines collapse in the early hours of the army operation they will be taken by surprise in the entire region and would lose vast grounds. Hence, they will wholeheartedly defend their military positions,” a battlefield source said.

The source went on to say that the Syrian army soldiers have managed to win several building blocks and complexes to the West of Jamiat al-Zahra district despite the resistance shown by the terrorists.

The military source said the terrorists intend to block the Syrian army’s advances by dispatching reinforcements from the Southern part of the town of al-Lairmoun.

Over 90 percent of the Jamiat al-Zahra district is under the Syrian army control and the operation there is aimed at purging terrorists from a small portion still under their control.

A sum of 16,000 terrorists raided the Western and Southwestern districts of Aleppo late October to rescue their entrapped comrades in the Eastern parts of the city.

But, the so-called ‘Great Epic Operation’ and ‘Abu Omar Saraqib’ ended in major defeats even in absence of Russian airstrikes, the militants admitted, blaming their top commander for their “humiliating defeat in Western and Southwestern Aleppo.

“Jeish al-Fatah’s operations failed to meet the coalition’s military objective of lifting the siege on our comrades trapped in the Eastern part of the city,” militants told their affiliated media outlets and on their social media pages late October”.

The militants also complained in their social media posts that Abdullah Muhammad al-Muhaysini, senior al Qaeda-linked cleric and religious leader of Jeish al-Fatah coalition of militant groups, is to blame for the “humiliating result” of the operation in Aleppo.

The terrorists slammed al-Muhaysini for his “totally wrong strategy” for removing the army siege on their fellow militants under siege in Eastern Aleppo, saying that his “naive plans sent hundreds of fighters to meet their death.”

“It seems that al-Muhaysini has sent the foreign members of the militant groups to the Aleppo battlefield to get rid of them,” several militants wrote in their posts.

The Jeish al-Fatah coalition is on the verge of collapse after its repeated failures in the first and second waves of the Great Epic Operation in Western and Southwestern Aleppo city.

“The recent victories of the Syrian army and popular forces in Southwestern Aleppo and liberation of Housing Project 1070, al-Hikmah School, army’s advances in the neighborhood of al-Rashedeen, the Western flank, government forces’ successful cleansing operation in Zahiyeh al-Assad and Menyan districts and the continued defeats of the terrorists in Jam’iyat al-Zahra district have caused the terrorists to grow hopeless, paralyzed and depressed,” the sources said.

“The terrorists are now accusing each other of betrayal. The accusations find their roots in the escape of several terrorist commanders from battlefields in Western Aleppo and their shooting at each other,” the source added

According to reports, the terrorist groups lost thousands of their fighters, including tens of top military commanders and a large number of non-Syrian militants, in ‘Great Epic Operation’ and ‘Abu Omar Saraqib’ on Syrian Army positions in Western and Southwestern Aleppo.

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