On October 28, the Jaish al-Fatah militant operation room launched a full-scale offensive in order to break the siege of militant-controlled neighborhoods of Aleppo city that had been set by the Syrian government forces.
It’s confirmed that Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian Al-Qaeda branch), Jaish al-Mujahideen, Fastaqim Kama Umirt, Faylaq al-Sham, Ajnad al-Sham, Ahrar al-Sham and the Islamic Front participate in the operation. In coming hours all them will be described by the mainstream media reporting on the topic as a ‘moderate opposition’.
Mosques in the besieged eastern Aleppo are blaring ‘Allahu Akhbar’ the joint militant forces begin an offensive to break siege
— Riam Dalati (@Dalatrm) October 28, 2016
The offensive begun with massive shelling of the al-Assad Neighborhood in western Aleppo with ‘Grad’ missiles, artillery and mortars.
Then, three vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) targeted the government positions in the Al-Assad Neighborhood. Reports say that at least one major checkpoint belonging to the Syrian army was destroyed.
According to the inicial reports, Jabhat Fatah al-Sham used a Suicide Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (SVBIEDs) for this. Then pro-militant media activists ‘clarified’ that one explosion was result of a ‘remote-controlled’ vehicle-borne improvised explosive device used by the Islamic Front.
In this case, only 2 of 3 car bombs were run by the suicide bombers.
Then, the joint miliatnt forces attacked the pro-government forces’ positions at Research Facility, Minyan, Dahiyat al-Assad in western Aleppo. Jabhat Fatah al-Sham claimed to have captured Minyan Sawmills after a series of short firefights. Ahrar al-Sham allegedly seized the al-Surah checkpoint at edge of the al-Assad Neighborhood.
The main offensive operations of militant forces are focused on the northwestern and western parts of Aleppo.
Clashes were also reported on the Breij front in northern Aleppo.
Photos from the militant side: