On August 18, the Jaish al-Fatah operation room repelled the pro-govrnment forces’ advance on the town of Qarassi in southern Syria. The Syrian government forces pursued the goal to flank the militant forces concentrated in the “corridor” to eastern Aleppo. However, after the initial success the Syrian army and its allied militias were pushed to withraw from the area. The pro-government forces lost up to 30 fighters in this advance. On August 19, the Syrian Army, supported by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba conducted another attempt to seize this strategic town. Hwever, no gains have been reported.
Searately, intense fighting errupted at another area of the militants’ corridor heading through southwestern Aleppo. The Syrian army, the National Defense Foces and Hezbhollah launche an attack on the Technical Academy at the Ramouseh Artillery Base, striking Al Nusra Front units stationed there. Heavy clashes are ongoing.
The Syrian government forces are able to conduct 2 offensives at the separate fronts in southern and southwestern Aleppo due to the Syrian Army’s Republican Guard reinforcements recently arrived to Aleppo from Damascus. The advances are also supported by massive air strikes of Syrian and Russian warplanes. According to the sources of Fars News Agency, the Russian Aeropsace Forces have conducted some 200 airstrikes in southwestern Aleppo since yesterday. Air strikes have also continued to hit Jaish al-Fatah’s rear in the Aleppo-Idlib countryside.
The situation in the 1070 Apartment Project remains calm. The Syrian army is in control of the major part of the project. However, it is not ableo to secure 100% of it. Al Nusra Front and its allies are still in control of some buildings in southern part of the project.
Clashes in southern and southwestern Aleppo: