The Syrian army’s Tiger Forces fully secured the area around Deir Hafer and took control of the nearby village of Um Tinah in the province of Aleppo. The further operations are developing in the direction of Al-Mahdum.
Important comment: The situation inside the city of Deir Hafer remains unclear. While the city was reported to be liberated by government troops yesterday there was no official announcement. Photos or videos from the area didn’t appear. This is why SF releases this update of the map where Deir Hafer is marked as not liberated. SF is following the situation and providing an update about its status as soon as possible.
However, it’s not clear when the storm of the Jirah Military Airbase, another important ISIS stronghold in the province could be started. Earlier this week, the Syrian military had redeployed a notable number of Tiger Forces fighters from Aleppo to Hama in order to fight back the ongoing advance of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham-led forces in the area. Thus, the military capabilities of the government forces operating in the province of Aleppo were limited.