On October 22, clashes resumed between the Syrian government forces and the Al-Nusra-led coalition of militant groups in Aleppo city. Next days, heavy clashes were reported in the southern neighborhoods of Aleppo – Amiriyah, Sheikh Saeed and the 1070 Apartment Project – and in the southern Aleppo countryside.
Within the ceasefire, Al-Nusra (al-Qaeda) and the so-called ‘Free Syrian Army’ additionally contentrated about 12,000 fighters outside the city of Aleppo and declared the goal to break the Aleppo seige from the southwestern direction. The Russian Ministry of Defense said that the deployed terrorists also had optained from their sponsors portable anti-aircraft missile systems (MANPADS), and now they are preparing to attack the government forces from the southwestern direction.
The Syrian military decided to counter this threat during a fresh operation in the same area, taking control of the Air Defense Battalion south of Mushrifah. Some 30 terrorists were killed in the clashes there. The strategic goal of the operation is Khan Tuman that remains the advance base of al-Nusra-led coalition. The Syrian army and Hezbollah also seized the strategic Bazo Hill (Tall Bazo).
Dead Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists in the Air Defense Battalion:
Aleppo ; Several Bodies of JN in the air defense battalion South aleppo pic.twitter.com/wuCT54Gpln
— Yusha Yuseef (@MIG29_) October 24, 2016
Air strikes have been reported inside and outside Aleppo since October 21. According to local sources, the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian Air Force have bombed al-Nusra’s supply lines southwest of the city. Unspecified number of air strikes was also delivered inside Aleppo, according to pro-militant sources.
Drone footage of the Air Defense Battalion captured the government forces:
— Syria Today (@todayinsyria) October 24, 2016
A short explanation of the coverage of operations in Aleppo and Mosul by the mainstream media: