Syrian government forces have relaunched push against the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham militant coalition led by Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) in the western countryside of the northern city of Aleppo.
Clashes between governmnet troops and “moderate” terrorists were reported in Mansourah, Rashideen 5, the Research Center and near Jam’iyat al-Zahraa. According to pro-government sources, especially intense fighting took place near the Shouihneh hill.
As SouthFront forecasted earlier, the army and its allies will likely be involved in notable offensive actions against militants in the area in Marc (source):
The mid-term goal of the Syrian military is to secure al-Rashidin 4, al-Rashidin 5 and Khan al-Assal which will allow to control the area between the Khan Tuman-Aleppo road and the M5 Highway.
The strategic goal of the opeartion in western Aleppo is to retake the key town of Khan Tuman controlled by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. This will allow to get an important outpost to defend the southwestern flank of the Aleppo city.