by Chris Tomson
As sunset settled over Aleppo city, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) was able to halt a rapid Jaish al-Fateh offensive in the western districts of Aleppo city.
After enquiring with military sources, Al-Masdar News was informed that the Jaish al-Fatah assault on the 3000 Apartment Project had been thoroughly thwarted and Syrian government troops still held full control over the suburb.
Furthermore, the SAA still controls a few building blocks in the northeastern part of the 1070 Apartment Project despite Jaish al-Fateh claims of the contrary.
Thus, today’s only confirmed gain by Jaish al-Fatah is the capture of the Dahiyat Al-Assad district which was overrun by a huge early morning attack.
In total, six VBIED’s (vehicle-borne improvised explosive device) struck SAA positions in western Aleppo on Friday. One of the explosions, conducted by a Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) suicide bomber, can be seen below:
Meanwhile, SAA reinforcements arrived at the Dahiyat Al-Assad front with preliminary reports even suggesting government forces have reentered the eastern part of the suburb.