Syrian War Report – August 8, 2016: Jihadists Break Aleppo Siege

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On August 6, the Jaish al-Fatah operation room seized the Ramouseh Artillery Base and the Ramouseh Neighborhood from the pro-government forces, de-facto, breaking the Aleppo siege and setting up a siege on the government-controlled areas of western Aleppo. However, the govt. forces are still able to supply the area via the Castello Highway. The first aid convoy arrived western Aleppo last night.

Thus far, the jihadists are in control of a major part of the Ramouseh Neighborhood. However, the Syrian army is still holding the Cement Plan there. The Jaish al-Fatah is also in full control of the Ramouseh Artillery Base after the Syrian army and Hezbollah have withdrawn from the base’s Airforce Technical College. Jaish al-Fatah is also in control of about 80% of the 1070 Apartment Project. On August 8, Jaish al-Fatah announced further operations in Aleppo in order to seize the whole city.

Recently, Liwa al-Quds units that had been deployed in the area between the Castello Highway and Handarat camp have arrived to southwestern Aleppo in order to assist the pro-government forces there. Reports say that the Syrian army’s Tiger Forces led by Col. Suheil al-Hassan are still in northern Aleppo. Maj. Gen. Zaid Saleh who led the Rep. Guard during Layramoun battle has reportedly replaced Maj. Gen. Adib Mohamad as head of Aleppo Security Committee. Harakat Hezbollah al-Nujaba (HHN) has announced that it had sent some 2,000 fighters in order to assist the Syrian army in the battle for Aleppo. The HSN is an Iraqi Shia paramilitary that receives training, arms and assistance in military planning from Iran. Pro-militant sources disseminate reports that the Syrian army has deployed up to 100 battle tanks and 400 BMP vehicles for operations in Aleppo city. Jaish al-Fatah’s manpower is estimated as 10,000 including 2,500 fighters of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (former Jabhat Al Nusra).

There are reports that the jihadists have reopened the Alramousa road and set a supply line to eastern Aleppo and some photos of alleged food delivers to the area have appeared. However, the modern tactical situation does not allow them to deliver significant supplies there because the Syrian army is holding a fire control of the road. The siege has been lifted, partially. The Jaish al-Fatah will need to push the pro-government forces from the 3000 Apartment Project and even further in order to deliver supplies to eastern Aleppo.

Local sources report that the joint jihadi forces have concentrated a high number of experienced infantry in southwestern Aleppo. Furthermore, the urban fighting does not allow Syria and Russia to use their advantage in the air power. These facts indicate that the pro-government forces will not be able to take upper hand in the ongoing clashes, easily. The result of the battle will mostly depend on developments on the ground.

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  • hmm

    SAA urgently needs some reinforcements (hope these 2000 will be enough)… now they are even in danger to be encircled by jihadists.

    • eagleson

      they are going to need more then just 2000 because the jihadist have put all they have on this some sources put them over 10000.

  • there no civilians in Ramuseh or the artillery college..just carpet bomb the whole area in rolling attacks and thats it.Get the strategic bombers out.Load them with heavy blockbuster bombs and fucking rip them to pieces.What is so hard about this ? Drop barrel bomb after barrel bomb.Its just 2 by 2 km at most.Use all the fucking power.Destroy every road.Mine the approaches with rocket artillery.Turn it into a fucking parking lot.

    • Spunkyhunk

      Oh, but the Western MSM won’t like it and will begin narrating stories of “the Russian Air Force killing civilians”, don’t you know… The dumb, pusillanimous Putin and Lavrov are more afraid of that, than of losing the war and having Syria go jihadi!

  • Carol Davidek-Waller

    Isn’t it the jihadists who put Aleppo under siege rather than the government to whom the city belongs by right and geography. The siege will be lifted when the jihadists are gone and the city rescued from their grasp.

  • ABLE3

    No one is sure of the tactics by the SAA with Russia, the Army of Mercenaries is advised by others in the area be that US or IDF or others … complicated — to be sure – even if the the mercenaries can push back then they become exposed to air bombing… they will try to resupply and fall back — at this point the truth is that the battle will be finished on the ground