The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) Tiger Forces have liberated Tall Mahdum, Atirah Quarry and Hassan Quarry from ISIS terrorists in the eastern part of the province of Aleppo. Yesterday, the Tiger Forces reseized the villages of Bayloneh and Jarrah Sagir west of the Jirah Military Airbase.
A rough location of the recently captured areas:
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This push shows that government forces are not seeking to rapidly advance via the road to the strategic ISIS-held town of Maskanah as some pro-government media outlets and experts have epected.
In turn, the SAA and its allies will likely continue pushing ISIS terrorists from small villages in eastern Aleppo on the way to Maskanah. Thus, Atira, Tell Hassan and Nafiiyah will become the next targets of the government operation. This steady advance is aimed at isolating Maskanah in the Maskanah Plain.
The strategic goal of this operation is to reach the area controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces around the town of Tabqah in the province of Raqqah and to secure a part of the Khanasser-Aleppo road.