The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has made remarkable progress in the Aleppo Governorate after losing several sites to the jihadist rebels of Jaysh Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest) in late August and October.
Led by the elite Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies have recovered several neighborhoods and buildings that were once under jihadist control these past few months.
As illustrated in the map above, the Syrian Armed Forces have recovered almost everything they lost to Jaysh Al-Fateh, while also reopening their crucial southern Aleppo supply line.
In the coming weeks, the Syrian Armed Forces will have to expand on these gains in southwest Aleppo, if they want to avoid a similar situation in the future.
The current buffer-zone around their southern Aleppo supply route is still incredibly fragile due to the large jihadist presence to the west of their positions.
Restarting the east Aleppo operations will be imperative for the Syrian high command because it will allow them to not only build on that buffer-zone, but also, reopen part of the highway under jihadist control.