by Leith Fadel, Al-Masdar News
The Syrian Arab Army’s offensive in southern Aleppo (at Al-‘Amariyya) is in full swing after bombarding Islamic Front (Jabhat Al-Islamiyya) positions near the Sheikh Sa’eed District. Earlier today, the SAA, backed by the National Defense Forces (NDF), captured the surrounding farms (Mazra’a Al-‘Amariyya) in northern Al-‘Amariyya, killing scores of Islamic Front fighters and destroying two vehicles loaded with doshkas. The SAA will attempt to capture Al-‘Amariyya in order to open a new supply route to troops entrenched in Aleppo.
Yesterday, as of 10:30 P.M. Damascus Time, the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) 11th Tank Division is approximately 400 meters from the entrance to the imperative village of Khan Sheikhoun in the Idlib Governorate. The success in Hama has rebirthed the SAA’s presence in southern Idlib – an area they were forced to retreat from in May of 2014.
Elsewhere, the SAA killed scores of militants west of Idlib City at Al-Mastouma Road, including Mustafa Satouf – the leader of Liwaa Shahada in Idlib (Jabhat Al-Nusra offshoot)
Other identified militants killed:
1. Mohammad Al-Khalil “Abu ‘Umar” (Syrian)
2. ‘Abdel-Kareem ‘Abdel-Hameed Mawwass
3. Bilal Mohammad Al-Hajji
4. Darwish Marwan Mawwass
5. Yasseen Mohammad Yasseen
6. Mu’awiyya Al-‘Ansari