The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have foiled a large counter-attack that targeted newly-liberated areas in the southwestern Aleppo countryside.
Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) and the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL) launched the counter-attack late on January 29. In a few hours, the three groups claimed that they had recaptured the town of Khan Tuman and the nearby Bulgur factory.
These claims were dismissed by pro-government sources, including the Syrian state TV. The source confirmed that by the morning of January 30, that the SAA repelled the attack, maintaining control of all positions.
Now heavy clashes are being reported in the southwestern Aleppo countryside, with the SAA resuming its advance in the region.
The militants’ failed counter-attack in southwest Aleppo reflects their desperation to make any achievement on the ground. In the last few days, the militants lost dozens of positions in southwest Aleppo and southeast Idlib to the SAA.
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