Aleppo, Syria (7:00 A.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA), backed by Hezbollah, launched a massive offensive on Thursday morning that targeted the southern Aleppo districts under the control of the jihadist rebels.
Led by the Tiger Forces and Hezbollah, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies stormed the Al-Ramouseh District from four different axes, catching the jihadist rebels of Jaysh Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest) off-guard on Thursday morning.
Initially, the Syrian Armed Forces were successful, seizing several points in eastern Al-Ramouseh; however, following a counter-attack by the jihadist rebels, the government units withdrew from the captured sites, returning to the 1070 Al-Hamdaniyah Housing Project.
While this first assault could be considered a failure; it has become normal for the Tiger Forces to seize points from the jihadist rebels and then withdraw before nightfall.
The Tiger Forces did this “advance and withdraw” assault on a number of occasions during the Al-Mallaah Farms offensive in late June; it allowed them to constantly weaken the enemy defenses, while probing for new attack point.