As SouthFront reported on October 28 (morning report, evening report), the real military situation in Aleppo city is far away from clickbating headlines that exploit the jihadi offensive on the Syrian government forces to attract the audience.
The joint militant forces, consisting of Jabhat Fatahl al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian al-Qaeda branch), Ahrar al-Sham, Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki, the Islamic Front and others, launched on October 28 a do-or-die attempt to break the siege from militant-controlled areas in eastrern Aleppo. The militants attacked the Syrian government forces (the Syrian army, the National Defense Forces, the Desert Hawk Brigade and Hezbollah) in western Aleppo and using PR effect of massive usage of Suicide Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (at least 4 SVBIEDs were used) made people believe in the massive gains of ‘opposition’.
Indeed, the joint militant forces took a part of the Mynian Sawmills, which had been a neutral zone before the attack, and ‘entered’ into the 1070 Apartment Project and the Al-Assad Neighobrhood. Nontheless, clashes in the 1070 Apartment Project and Al-Assad have not stopped since the start of the advance. So, these areas cannot be described as really seized by Jabhat Fatah al-Sham & Co.
The militants also contributed significant efforts to shell the government-controlled areas across Aleppo, including the New Aleppo Neighborhood and the 3000 Apartment Project. An important role in their initial success played a lack of support by the Russian Aerospace Forces.
On October 29, the Syrian army and its allies remained in control of the western part of the Al-Assad Neighborhood and of the northwestern part of the 1070 Apartment Project. Jabhat Fatah al-Sham launched an attack on the Syrian army in the Miyan area, but was not able to achieve a success there. These allowed the Syrian army, the Desert Hawks Brigade and Hezbolalh to counter-attack in Al-Assad.
Local sources indicate that the terrorists are in defensive now and the pro-government forces, supported by the Syrian Arab Air Force, are making attempts to regain the ground lost to the terrorists yesterday.
Attempts of the ‘moderate terrorists’ to break the Syrian army’s defenses in the urban area of western Aleppo allows the government forces to implement their advantage in the fire power (in case of proper actions of the military staff, for sure). This leads to purging of the militant coalition’s military equipment and manpower involved in the offensive. Strategically, this undermines the total military power of anti-Assad forces in Syria.
Syrian tropps in the Al-Assad Neighborhood, October 29:
Jabhat Fatah al-Sham’s military commander, Abo Yasin al-Muwahid, was killed in clashes with the Syrian Army in western Aleppo:
Clashes in southwestern Aleppo on October 28:
An aerial look at the al-Assad Neighborhood of Aleppo city: