On November 16, the Syrian army, Hezbollah and other pro-government groups entered the area of Aqrab in western Aleppo after a few hours of preemptive shelling and a series of clashes with Jaish al-Fatah militants. As result of this, most of militants withdrew from Aqrab to al-Rashidin 4 and pro-government sources claimed that the Syrian government forces are in full control of Aqrab. However, some firefights was ongoing in the area. This mean that the army and its allies still need to secure their gains.
On November 17, the government forces, led by the Syrian army’s Tiger Forces attacked al-Rashidin 5, engaging Jaish al-Fatah militants in a series of firefights. By now there have been no indications that this attack could be described as a full-scale offensive.
Advances took place amid heavy Russian air strikes in the Aleppo-Idlib countryside.
At least 30 Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists, including three field commanders, were killed by raids of Su-33 from Admiral Kuznetsov’s deck in the province of Idlib. Abul Baha al-Asfari, how was in charge of uniting the remaining reserves of Jabhat al-Nusra groupings in the provinces of Aleppo and Hama, was among killed in the air raids.
The photo appeared on November 16 confirmed reports that at least one Pantsir-S system has been deployed in the Kuweires Military Airbase. At the same time, the Syrian forces have been continuing military build up in the area, responding to the ongoing escalation between the Turkey-led forces and the Kurdish YPG in the province of Aleppo.