The Turkish-backed Army of Conquest (Jaish al-Fateh) launched, today afternoon, a massive attack on Khan Tuman village located nearly 15 km to the south of the northern city of Aleppo.
The offensive began with Islamist fighters shelling the Army’s defensives with heavy artillery and homegrown rockets Hell Cannons, capturing several points and killing a number of government troops who forcibly retreated eastward.
Pro-jihadists social media accounts reported of heavy losses among the government troops, including tanks and rocket launchers. Jaish al-Fateh is a conglomeration of ultra-hardline fighters, led by the al-Qaeda offshoot in Syria, Jabhet al-Nusra, and made up primarily from Ahrar ash-Sham and Jund al-Aqsa, which are directly linked to Nusra or have a similar ideology.
The last assault by radical fighters to seize Al-Khalidiyah village (which acts as the southern gate to Khan Tuman) in last April was repelled after the Syrian Army was able to maintain all its positions. The offensive comes hours after Russia and the United States brokered a 48-hour ceasefire in Aleppo and its outskirts, which was officially approved by the General Command of the Army and Armed Forces.