The pro-government forces – the Syrian army, the National Defense Forces (NDF), Liwa al-Quds (a Palestinian pro-government forces) and Hezbollah – keep the strategic initiative in the Syrian city of Aleppo.
Jabat Fatah al-Sham and its allies from the Jaish al-Fatah operation room step by step lose the ground in various parts of the city. They face still pressure in northern, southern and central parts of the Aleppo pocket.
The army and the NDF launched a new operation in central Aleppo, advancing in the areas west of the Aleppo International Airport. The government forces are now advancing towars Sheikh Lutfi.
There are constant reports about the negotiations between the government and the militant groups controlling Bustan Al-Qasir Neighborhood. Recently, UN representatives reportedly arrived the city in order to allow a safe passage for militants from Bustan Al-Qasir.
In northern Aleppo, the army and Liwa al-Quds focus military operations in the areas of the Ba’edin and Jandoul roundabouts. By October 16, the government forces seized the Intharat Heights near the Ba’edin roundabout and secured the areas near the neighborhoods of Ayn at-Tal and Haydariyah. These moves are aimed to set a foothold for a direct advance of these neigborhoods. The Hanano Housing will most likely become the most complicated target of this operation because the joint terrorist forces had set many fortifications there.
The government forces’ operations in the 1070 Apartment Project and the the Sheikh Sa’eed neighborhood have not resulted in any notable success by the government forces.