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by Leith Fadel

ALEPPO, SYRIA (12:00 A.M.) – The largest battle to take place in this 5 year-long conflict is quickly approaching Aleppo City, as both the Syrian Armed Forces and jihadist rebels mobilise thousands of men to gain the upper-hand on the battlefield.

Reports from the Syrian Arab Army’s High Command indicate that the jihadist rebels of Jaysh Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest) have amassed thousands of militants in preparation for their large-scale counter-offensive against the government forces and their allies in southern and western Aleppo.

The supreme commander of the Syrian Armed Forces in Aleppo, Major General Za’id Saleh, told Al-Masdar News on Wednesday that only 2,500 militants remain inside the eastern Aleppo neighbourhoods.

Lifting the siege on the east Aleppo neighbourhoods is one of Jaysh Al-Fateh’s main objectives during this upcoming offensive; it will also require a large number of military personnel to break-through the Syrian Arab Army’s defenses again.

According to local reports from the Aleppo Governorate, Jaysh Al-Fateh, specifically Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham (formerly Al-Nusra Front), has prepared at least 20 VBIEDs (vehicle borne improvised explosive device) for this upcoming offensive, along with amassing thousands of fighters.

Not to be outdone, the Syrian Armed Forces have sent a large number of reinforcements from the Tartous Governorate to Aleppo City in order to combat the upcoming jihadist offensive.

This might be the last chance for the jihadist rebels reestablish themselves in the Aleppo Governorate because they have lost a considerable amount of territory over the course of three years.