On May 10, government forces, led by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces, captured the village of Al-Mahdoum west of the Jirah Military Airport in the eastern Aleppo countryside.
This advance is considered to be a part of the fresh SAA operation against ISIS terrorists in the eastern Aleppo countryside aimed at capturing the strategic town of Maskana. Maskana is de-facto located between the provinces of Raqqa and Aleppo.
The Russian Aerospace Forces supported SAA troops bombing ISIS gatherings and vehicles in the area between Al-Jirah Military Airport and the town of Maskana.
From its side, pro-ISIS sources claimed that ISIS members had destroyed a 23mm gun with an ATGM in the village of Kharaj Daham and a T-72 battle tank and a BMP-1 vehicle in the village of Jarrah Saghir. A number of Syrian soldiers was allegedly killed or wounded in the village of Atshana as a result of 2 VBIED attacks on SAA troops there.
ISIS also managed to damage a SAA T-72 battle tank in the village of Ma’moura after targeting it with an armed drone.
One of the most important objectives of the current government operation is to secure the east side of Khanasser road in order to isolate it completely from the ISIS-held area. This became especially imortant after the terrorist group had managed to smuggle large numbers of terrorists through it. ISIS members also smuggled modern weapons like anti-tank missiles bought from US-backed FSA groups in the province of Idlib.