On February 15 eve, al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and Turkish-backed factions retreated from three towns in western Aleppo following a ground assault by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).
The towns of Ajil, Uwayjil and al-Mansura were captured by the army and its allies, according to several pro-government sources.
The SAA began its advance in the western Aleppo countryside on February 15 by capturing the town of Kafr Naha. Later, the army advanced in the western and northwestern outskirts of Aleppo city, securing several urban areas.
The Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) are providing army troops in western Aleppo with a close air support. Dozens of airstrikes are targeting militants’ positions and equipment in the region.
The remaining militants’ positions in western Aleppo appear to be on the brink of complete collapse. This will very likely happen within a few days, if the army maintains the speed of its advance in the region.