Just six hours after losing the imperative town of Al-Si’in to the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham” (ISIS), the Syrian Arab Army’s “Tiger Forces” – in close coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF), Liwaa Suqour Al-Sahra (Desert Hawks Brigade), and Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions) – imposed full control over the small village of Tal Barlihiyah in the Al-Bab Plateau of east Aleppo.
Over the weekend, the Tiger Forces and their allies attempted to advance south of Al-Si’in towards the strategic Thermal Power Plant, which is located along the Aleppo-Raqqa Highway; however, they were unable to achieve any progress due to the stiff defenses from the entrenched ISIS terrorists fighting on this volatile front.
Following the loss of Al-Si’in this morning, the Tiger Forces and their allies launched a new assault on the village of Tal Barlihiyah, where they continued their advance towards the Sheikh Najjar Industrial District’s 3rd Zone; this proved successful after they took advantage of the poor ISIS defenses surrounding this area of eastern Aleppo. With the capture of Tal Barlihiyah today, the Tiger Forces and their allies were turn their attention to the large village of Barlihiyah, which is located directly north of the hilltop village captured on Sunday.
In addition to the capture of Tal Barlihiyah today, the Iraqi paramilitary units and the National Defense Forces seized the small village of Al-Ta’anah, which is located east of the Sheikh Najjar Industrial District’s 3rd Zone. The Tiger Forces and their allies are officially 7km away from completely encircling ISIS in both the Al-Bab Plateau and Al-Safira Plains.