Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS; formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) has announced that its special operations forces infiltrated the Mallah area in western Aleppo last night and killed some 20 pro-government fighters, injured 10 others and damaged a BMP vehicle.
Accoording to the Hezbollah in Syria, government forces repelled the infiltration attempt and inflicted heavy casualties to the terrorists. The National Defense Forces provided the same information.
The recent developments once again confirmed that the Syrian army and its allies have to secure the western countryside of Aleppo if they want to increase safety in the city and prevent further attacks from HTS.
The picture above is an alleged image of the lefaflets dropped by the Syrian Air Force in the western Aleppo countryside. The leaflets show the “death zone” where government forces are set to combat any militant presence.