On April 11, Syrian government forces continued their operation against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and its allies in the western countryside of the Aleppo city that was launched on April 10.
Pro-government forces, led by the Syrian Republican Guard and Liwa al-Quds (a pro-government Palestinian militia) and backed up by Syrian warplanes, attacked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) positions in Tell Shuwehnah and Khirbet Anadan from the direction of the Zahraa Artillery Base and Tamurah.
Syrian Arab Army captured Tal Shuwayhanah from rebels – west of Aleppo
— Syrian Civil War Map (@CivilWarMap) April 11, 2017
The goal of the opperation was to put an additional pressure on HTS members in the Anadan plain and if HTS is not ready for an attack to attempt to pose a threat of encirclement of this militant held area.
Some pro-militant and even pro-government sources described the government forces push’s goal next way:
However, this was premature. Government forces successfully entered the areas of Tell Shuwehnah and Khirbet Anadan, but they faced a stiff resistance from HTS and its allies. As a result of a series of firefights in the area, HTS-led forces were able to stop the government advance.
On April 10, SF already noted that pro-government forces had contentrated a notable number of fighters and equipment for an advance in the western countryside of Aleppo but this force was not enough for a deep push into the militant-held area.
Nonetheless, if the Syrian Republican Guard and Liwa al-Quds keep control over Tell Shuwehnah, they will be able to continue operations in areas close to the neighborhoods of the Aleppo city. The Military Research Centre and the al-Jazira district (red circles) will be obvious targets of government forces.