Yesterday evening, the Jaish al-Fatah operation room, that includes such groups as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly Jabhat Al Nusra), launched an operation in southern Aleppo in order to cut off the Syrian government forces’ supply line along the Ithriyah-Khanasser-Aleppo road. The offensive was called Hamra al-Assad Syr.
Jaish al-Nasr, Ahrar al-Sham, Faylaq al-Sham and the Bayan Movement managed to capture the Mahmiyat al-Ghizlan camp situated in the Khanaser Plain. The militants’ gains in this region threaten crucial supply lines to pro-government positions attempting to maintain a perimeter around the city center. The Mahmiyat al-Ghizlan camp is located in about 5 km from the Syrian government’s supply line.
Pro-government forces pushed back when Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) troops made a push in the countryside of southern Aleppo. However, the pro-government forces were not able to counter the threat in this strategic area.
Jaish al-Fatah launched the advance in the Khanaser Plain because the operation room, de facto, failed to lift the siege from eastern Aleppo. The jihadists were not able to seize the Ramouseh Roundabout and secure the road from Khan Touman to the militant-controlled areas of Aleppo.
On August 12, the situation in the area of Aleppo remains acute. The Syrian army, the National Defense Forces, Hezbollah and their allies renewed active actions and artillery strikes around on several fronts of the Ramouseh Neighborhood. Russian and Syrian warplanes continued to target militant targets in the Ramouseh Artillery Base.
Especially intense clashes are ongoing in the Ramouseh Garage where Jaish al-Fatah has deployed some units to hold its corridor to east Aleppo.
Militants are in the Ramouseh Garage:
Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports appeared that the pro-government forces retook Mahmiyat al-Ghizlan from militants. If this is true, the Syrian army was able to counter the threat to its supply line in southern Aleppo.
Photos from the area:
Pro-government maps that depicts, the Syrian army and its allies’ gains during the counter-offensive in southwestern Aleppo.