Syrian Army Rsumes Its Advance In Southwestern Aleppo, Engages Hayat Tahrir al-Sham In Fierce Fighting (Videos, Map)

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On December 13, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the National Defense Forces (NDF) resumed their military operation in the southwestern Aleppo countryside and captured Syriatel Hill and the village of Rsm al-Kabarah southwest of Khanasir town, according to the Hezbollah media wing in Syria.

The media outlet added that the SAA and its allies also started their attack on the vilalges of Rsm Sayala and Ramlah south of Syriatel Hill.

Syrian Army Rsumes Its Advance In Southwestern Aleppo, Engages Hayat Tahrir al-Sham In Fierce Fighting (Videos, Map)

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Russian warplanes conducted over 20 airstrikes on Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham positions in the southwestern Aleppo countryside supporting the SAA advance, according to oppositions sources. Most of the Russian airstrikes targeted the villages of Tell al-Daman and Umm al-Amad, according to the sources.

From its side, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS)-linked news agency Iba’a claimed that HTS fighters repelled the SAA attack in the southwestern Aleppo countryside and recaptured Syriatel Hill. Iba’a said that five soldiers of the SAA were killed during the clashes in the hill.

Moreover, HTS fighters shot down a “DJI Inspire 1” drone, which was modified by the SAA to drop small projectiles, over the village of Hamirah, according to Iba’a.

Syrian Army Rsumes Its Advance In Southwestern Aleppo, Engages Hayat Tahrir al-Sham In Fierce Fighting (Videos, Map)

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HTS and its allies will likely face greater pressure from the SAA in southwestern Aleppo soon as the elite Tiger Forces are set to join the SAA attack there in the upcoming days.

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  • BMWA1

    Good luck, where did the 20 RUAF airstrikes come from?

    • RGtz98

      There are still like 3/8 of the Russian contingent especially more regarding its CAS aircraft such as helicopters and such

      • BMWA1

        I see, 7 doing 3 strikes a day would do it (something they are capable of with SU24/5, F22 would take three days for turnaround per mission).

        This is still a nice reserve capability for SAA in hot spots. I suppose the actual Syrian air forces have been modernized and trained properly over past year or two to fill the gaps.

        • Barba_Papa

          Let us not forget that the Iranians are now also operating armed drones in Syria as well.

    • Valery Grigoryev

      Never believe in what Putin promised, just see what he does:)

      • You can call me Al

        Actually you should believe him, he never stated that he would withdrawal everything, he stated categorically that enough would remain.

        He was one real sharp cookie.

        • Valery Grigoryev

          I’ve meant the same. May be my English is not good enough:)

          • You can call me Al

            No worries mate, probably my fault.

  • dutchnational

    I missed the report by SF that acc to non SAA tweets SAA forces now surrounded by IS as they broke the small SAA stretch along the Euphrates in two places. Unknown how many SAA in that pocket.

    I warned against the vulnerability there a week ago and said one word : flanks.

    Now that Tiger forces have been withdrawn there, the true weakness of SAA and its command keep popping up.