Syrian Army Begins Operations to Combat ISIS in the East Aleppo


On Tuesday morning, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) – backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Liwaa Al-Ba’ath (Ba’ath Brigades) – carried out a number of raids in the Al-‘Amariyya District of the Aleppo Governorate, killing 5 militants from the Islamic Front (Jabhat Al-Islamiyya) near the western farms of the Sheikh Sa’eed District. SAA sappers had to disengage at least 4 IEDs packed into a number of vehicles on the border of the Sheikh Sa’eed District in Al-‘Amariyya after the commencement of their raids.

For the 1st time since their siege of the Mennagh Airbase (save Kuweris Airbase – fighting ongoing), the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) has engaged the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) directly on the ground in the Aleppo Governorate, as the latter has begun operations near Lake Jabboul and Tal Istabal in the Al-Safeera area. The SAA’s operations east of Al-Safeera netted scores of dead ISIS fighters, including a Pakistani militant, whose identity has not been released to Al-Masdar News yet.

Islamic Front militants from Harakat ‘Ahrar Al-Sham (Liberators of the Levant Movement) attempted to retake Tal Malaah located near the Handarat Camp; however, their attack was repelled by the SAA and Hezbollah fighters earlier today. In conjunction with ‘Ahrar Al-Sham’s attack on Tal Malaah, the SAA intensified its assault on the Handarat Camp, targeting the Islamic Front fighters near the western perimeter of the former Palestinian refugee camp.

As a result of the Syrian Arab Army’s success in the Aleppo Governorate, water and electricity has been restored to most neighborhoods in the provincial capital for the first time since early 2014. According to a civilian source inside Aleppo City, there are still some districts that are without both water and electricity, but engineers are working to repair the flow of both to civilian homes.

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