On February 16, al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its Turkish-backed allies launched another attack on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) newly-established positions in the western Aleppo countryside.
The attack targeted the towns of Kafr Halab and Miznaz, which were both liberated by the army and its allies earlier this month.
Dozens of militants and several armored vehicles took part in the large-scale offensive, that was allegedly backed by the Turkish Armed Forces. A suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) was also used.
In spite of their good preparations and large numbers, the attackers were crushed in the vicinity of Kafr Halab and Miznaz. The SAA, backed by the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) and the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS), repelled the attack within a single hour.
According to pro-government sources, the army destroyed eleven armored vehicles and battle tanks of HTS and its allies. The terrorist groups also lost 60 of their elite fighters.
This was the third such attack on Kafr Halab and Miznaz this month. In the most recent attack, which took place two days ago, the army destroyed three ACV-15 armored personnel carriers (APCs) which were supplied to the militants by Turkey.
The militants’ repeated attacks in western Aleppo don’t only reflect their desperation, but also the desperation of their main backer, Turkey. Ankara’s ever increasing support to the militants has failed to stop or even slow down the army’s advance in the region, thus far.