The terrorists decided to take advantage of the turmoil in the provincial capital of Aleppo on Monday in order to test the government defenses. Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) – backed by Jaysh Al-Mujahiddeen, Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki, and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) – launched a new offensive in the northwestern sector of Aleppo City on Monday morning, targeting the government-held districts of Al-Khalidiyah and Al-Zahra.
The extremist rebels began the offensive by storming the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions at the Great Prophet Mosque in Al-Zahra; this resulted in a fierce battle that spread to the dilapidated Air Force Intelligence Headquarters. Following a two hour long battle on Monday, the Syrian Arab Army – backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF), Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions), and Liwaa Al-Quds (Palestinian paramilitary) – foiled the infiltration attempt and recaptured the Great Prophet Mosque of Aleppo.
According to Al-Mayadeen’s Aleppo correspondent, Rida Al-Basha, the Syrian Armed Forces killed over 30 Jihadist rebels during the failed infiltration attempt; this was later confirmed by the Syrian Army’s High Command.