MESOP INSIDER: Pro-Assad Forces Press Attacks on Two Fronts


WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA) – 10 Okt. 2016 – Having re-imposed a siege on Aleppo in late August, foreign militias and the Syrian military — enabled by intense Russian-regime airstrikes, have made gains to the north of Syria’s largest city. The offensive pressed again yesterday to constrict rebels in the east of Aleppo. The Syrian military claimed that it captured several more buildings on the frontline in the Bustan al-Basha district.Rebels claimed that they were continuing to hold their territory in the area, which pro-Assad media said had been completely captured earlier this week.

Meanwhile, the Syrian military and its allies continued a fightback in neighboring northern Hama Province, recapturing at least one more village on Sunday.

Rebels have taken a series of towns and villages across a 35-km (22-mile) front, advancing to within 10 km (6 miles) of Hama city. However, they have been weakened by in-fighting in the past week.The pro-Assad forces took advantage with the capture of several villages on Friday, and yesterday they reportedly regained al-Kabariyeh. More importantly, the counter-offensive tried to retake the fortified village of Ma’an, captured by rebels in late September. The pro-Assad forces briefly entered before being pushed back, although fighting continues.