Syrian Opposition Opens Six Fronts, Relieves Aleppo

People walk on the rubble of damaged buildings after an airstrike in the rebel held area of Aleppo's Baedeen district, in Syria on May 3. Reuters

People walk on the rubble of damaged buildings after an airstrike in the rebel held area of Aleppo’s Baedeen district, in Syria on May 3

Beirut-Jaish al-Fatah otherwise known as the Army of Conquest, a coalition of extremist and moderate factions in northern Syria, moved from the defensive to the offensive and created confusion among the ranks of the Syrian regime forces.

Leading rebels stated that the Army of Conquest opened six new battlefronts in Aleppo and mobilized more than 30,000 fighters.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights chief Rami Abdurrahman described this operation as an attempt to twist the arm of the Syrian regime. Abdurrahman hailed the perfect timing that exploits the variation in U.S. and Russia stances towards the Aleppo battle.

Ahrar ash-Sham commander Mohammed Al-Shami said that a joint operations chamber is coordinating the offensive, adding that this battle wouldn’t have been possible without Aleppo factions joining his group’s ranks.

The opposition forces and Islamic factions, including Al-Nusra Front and Turkistan Islamic Party, provided the Aleppo and Latakia countryside with more than 30,000 fighters.

Al-Shami stated that the purpose of the operation is to exhaust the regime forces and oblige Assad to reduce the pressure exerted on Aleppo. The Ahrar ash-Sham Commander reported that the regime forces recently transferred the majority of soldiers and vehicles to Aleppo given its utmost importance.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that more than 30 soldiers from the regime and 39 from the Islamic factions were killed in al-Mallah. In Latakia countryside, clashes continued while the regime forces regained control of two villages and military bases.

(Source / 01.07.2016)

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