by Chris Tomson
Moments ago, the Syrian Armed Forces fully reclaimed the Minyan neighbourhood after two Jaish al-Fateh suicide bombings paved the way for Islamist militants to infiltrate the western Aleppo district earlier today.
After fierce urban warfare raged for hours, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Interior Ministry’s special forces were finally able to retake the entire neighbourhood and push Jaish al-Fateh militants back into the Dahiyat al-Assad district, further south.
Control of the Minyan district is highly important to the SAA as it safeguards hundreds of thousands of civilians in the densely populated New Aleppo suburbs.
A military source informing Al-Masdar News on frontline events in Aleppo confirmed that the government counter-offensive was conducted exclusively by Syrian troops. Nevertheless, pro-government paramilitary factions such as Hezbollah and Harakat al-Nujaba maintain a heavy presence in the countryside south of Aleppo city.
Effectively, due to the recapture of the Minyan neighbourhood, the SAA has reversed all of Jaish al-Fateh’s territorial gains in Aleppo today.
Meanwhile, news also emerged on Saturday that the Tiger Forces’ renown commander-in-chief Colonel Suheil Al-Hassan had arrived in Aleppo city alongside the Desert Hawks Brigade to spearhead attacks on besieged rebel-held districts in eastern Aleppo.
In the past 48 hours, a dozen Jaish al-Fateh suicide bombings have targeted the SAA in western Aleppo. Among the volunteer jihadists were several foreigners, including Batah al-Jazwari (Jabhat Fatah al-Sham fighter from Saudi Arabia), Hozefa Al-Terky and Abdel Aziz al-Turki (both Turkistan Islamic Party militants from western China) and two other unnamed individuals from Turkey and Egypt.