Maj. Gen. Zaid Saleh has reportedly replaced Maj. Gen. Adib Mohamad as head of Aleppo Security Committee. Maj. Gen. Zaid Saleh led the Syrian Republican Guard during Layramoun battle and was repsonsible for encirclement of Aleppo through the Layramoun-Bani Zayd axis. In other words, his actions led to takking control of the Castello Highway.
The Syrian leadership likely believes that this appoinment will help to imporve the situation in southwestern Aleppo. Meanwhile, some pro-Assad experts say that the retreat from the Ramouseh Artillery Base and the Ramouseh Neighborhood was a “strategic move” in order to entice the jihadi forces into non-inhabited areas. This will allow the Syrian government forces to use their advantage in the air power and military equipment and destroy the jihadi infantry.
The Syrian Republican Guard is an elite 25,000 man mechanized division. It’s one of the most effective formations of the Syrian government forces. Various opposition sources argue that the Syrian army has deployed up to 100 battle tanks and 400 BMP vehicles for operations in Aleppo city.