The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has repelled a large-scale attack by ISIS militants on the village of Abu Mayalah and Sardah, northeast of the important town of Khanasser. The only government supply line to the city of Aleppo runs through Khanasser.
The ISIS-linked news agency “Amaq” announced that ISIS militants had managed to kill 30 Syrian soldiers and captured four during the attack on government positions east of the Khanasser road.
However, a source from the SAA in Khanasser said that no soldier was lost in the battle. The source said that dozens ISIS terrorists were killed and four their bodies of militants were captured. The SAA destroyed two ISIS technicals (a vehicle armed with a machine gun) and a battle tank.
As a result of clashes the SAA did not lose any position and ISIS terrorists fled the area because of large losses.
According to pro-government sources, the SAA may work on securing the eastern side of the Khanasser road.
- They could advance from the eastern Aleppo countryside towards the strategic town of Maskana
- Government forces could advance from the Al-Sa’aer gas field in the eastern Homs countryside towards the southeastern Hama countryside.
However, such an operation may only start if a new truce agreement is reached at the next Astana meeting because of the heavy pressure on the SAA in Hama.