Jihadist Al-Nusra Forces Launch Offensive To Keep Assad Out Of Syria's Aleppo

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Over the past month the offensive for Syria's second largest city of Aleppo, a military operation launched against the rebel-held town of Aleppo in late June 2016 by the Syrian Army, has shaped up as one of the most important conflicts in the three year-old Syrian civil war. The aim of the offensive, which was preceded by a surge in Russian air strike, is to cut the last rebel supply line into Aleppo city. However, with Assad's armies advancing on the besieged city, surprising reinforcements for rebel forces emerged when earlier today Al-Nusra's Jihadist forces, which until last week were considered  part of Al-Qaeda (until an amicable separation was announced last Thursday) attacked regime forces southwest of Aleppo in a new battle the remove the Aleppo siege.

Since July 17, President Bashar al-Assad's forces have surrounded rebel-held districts of Aleppo city, one of the main front lines in the conflict ravaging the country since 2011. Loyalists forces cut the Castello Road, the main supply line into rebel-held neighbourhoods in the north of the city. But now, as AFP reports, insurgents have attacked from the south, a region divided between loyalists backed by Iranian fighters and Hezbollah on the one hand, and Syrian and foreign jihadists allied with rebel groups on the other.

On Sunday, Islamist groups such as the influential Ahrar al-Sham and jihadists including from the former Al-Nusra Front, which as we reported was rebranded to Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, or the "Levantine Conquest Front", after breaking from Al-Qaeda,  said they had begun a battle to try to reopen a new supply route.

Fateh al-Sham launched two car bomb attacks against regime positions in suburban Rashidin in southwestern Aleppo and fighting also raged in the early evening, the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights said.

Other attacks focused on southern parts of the city towards the regime-controlled suburb of Ramussa. "It will be a long and difficult battle," said Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman.

"The army is supported by a large number of Iranians and fighters from Hezbollah, not to mention the Russian planes," he said.

Forces from Lebanon's Shiite group have been fighting alongside Assad's men in Syria for years, and Russia at the end of September last year began a campaign of air strikes in support of loyalist fighters.

In Aleppo city itself, regime forces bombarded rebel-held districts Sunday despite the announcement by Damascus and Moscow of humanitarian corridors to allow civilians and rebels ready to surrender to leave. On Saturday, government media reported that dozens of civilians and rebels had left besieged eastern Aleppo through humanitarian corridors, but residents there and rebels dismissed the claims as "lies".

It remains to be seen if the US - which has been trying to cobble a new deal with Russia over Syrian involvement - will provide support to the jihadist al-Nusra forces, pardon the Levantine Conquest Front, as they scramble to prevent the biggest upset so far in the Syrian conflict. Because should Assad retake Aleppo, the face of the Syrian war would change drastically, giving government forces not only a major territorial advantage, but also most of the momentum, while sending rebels reeling, and forcing ISIS to expand its offshore operations as it continues to lose ground, and influence, in Syria.

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wildbad's picture

they lost already--

WTFRLY's picture

Yes, until the Joominati run enough false flags to start WW3 over Russia and Assad winning.

Mr. Universe's picture

But you have to love an army whose number one weapon is a suicide mission. Thinking...thinking..back in history how has that worked out ?

WTFUD's picture

From memory and i may stand corrected the 'suicide bomber' won Hezbollah control of Lebanon from Israel/Vichy DC who were losing so many soldiers & staff they called it quits and got the fuck outta dodge.

Aristotle of Greece's picture

All these terrorist groups have one master.

http://goo.gl/l6d22d

Billy the Poet's picture

But you have to love an army whose number one weapon is a suicide mission. Thinking...thinking..back in history how has that worked out ?

Samson is highly thought of in some circles.

the.ghost.of.22wmr's picture

"Rebels"

 

That's funny. I bet the word doesn't even exist in Camel Jockey or whatever they speak.

Never One Roach's picture

But the mooslim father blamed it all on Trump?

wildbad's picture

welll we delivered them weapons..that must mean we're winning

Battlefield USA's picture

"Rebels" burning tires in Aleppo in the hope that the Air force will miss them and hit civilians instead.

 

https://twitter.com/Partisangirl/status/759855153012813824

 

@Partisangirl
Never One Roach's picture

See what happens when the cia supply the vicious rebels with new Nikes!

Cman5000's picture

'' You rebel scum " 

BadDog's picture

Paving the way for the US/Sunni alliance to begin their Syrian invasion.  Looks like Turkey may not be going with them now. This was telegraphed back in May when Secretary of State, John Kerry laid down a August deadline for plan in which Assad would go.  Ninth of Av almost here.  http://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2016-05-03/kerry-condemns-h...

 

 

 

 

Blankone's picture

Where did all these reinforcements come from and how did they manage to drive to the city without being wiped out?

 

NoWayJose's picture

They should basically have nothing more than a rifle - any heavy weapons or tanks should have been wiped out by air strikes.

conscious being's picture

"Where did all these reinforcements come from...?"

Turkey, before the coup attempt. Specificly, the border NW of Aleppo via Ildib Province. I think this is anticipated by and will be no problem for the SAA. Reports of the build up for this attack have been around for a week.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Dissention in the "ranks" between helper and "helped"?!!!...

Certainly hope they can settle their difference long enough to at least secure Aleppo?...

While Syria couldn't do it without Iran's help not sure the long term model will work in Syria given it's secular heritage -that said they will prevail as long as Russia is in there midst.

Volkodav's picture

word is Russia will build permanent AF base Syria

Wild E Coyote's picture

Russia already have a base in Syria. Now it also covers defensive needs of Turkey against US activities.

WTFUD's picture

Shit how many of these faux-savage mercenary groups are on the al-CIAd'uh payroll? Anyhow i hope Vichy DC is paying on a performance only basis and not up front. Half the mother fuckers enrolling through the joint NATO/EU FSA Recruitment Schemes are only in it to take possession of a kalashnikov & Accessories which they immediately sell onto DAESH and holiday with the remuneration in another town ( It's true locals are signing on a couple of times every month at different recruitment centres ; they're like the old bazaars ) Even the peaceful nomads are getting in on Uncle Sam's free arsenal giveaways and are travelling in on camels from thousands of km's across borders.

Daesh released their latest recruitment drive/initiative looking for Toyota Mechanics. Lastly pound to a penny Poroshenko who owns dozens of funeral homes in Kiev/Other locations is freaking out that all the killing in the mid-east is not making its way to Ukraine and the bloodbath that Vicky Nuland promised him ain't taking hold.

HowdyDoody's picture

ISIS goons are training in the Kherson oblast, north west of Crimea. Russia has already invoked the relevant UN article relating to self-defense following ISIS blowing up one of its airliners in Egypt. Looks like Porkyshanko has painted a big bullseye on his pork chops.

 

 

Zip_the_Zap's picture

As soon as they read the "poll" showing Hillary Conton ahead they attacked knowing their funding was secured.

Volkodav's picture

not confirmed reports 3 militant convoys coming from Idlib countryside completely destroyed

confirmed...large quanity lethal weapons include TOW missles captured Aleppo

terrs big offensive to break siege is on...

 

51.9Percenter's picture

I got bored of this TV series a long time ago. They should have cancelled it last year IMO. 

me or you's picture

The bombing the wrong terrorists they must be bombing Washington DC and the whole US territory to end the war on terror.

N0TME's picture

". . . three year-old Syrian civil war." Two things wrong with that sentence.  First, it's not a civil war.  It's a war fighting an invading force.  Two, the war started in 2011 not 2013.  

83_vf_1100_c's picture

One of the 50 or so missing B61 bombs could cure Aleppo forever. OK, not technically missing yet but...

CTG_Sweden's picture

 

 

Assad should probably make up his mind about which parts of Syria he wants to keep as fast as possible. Russia should probably help him with that. Offensive warfare in Syria to recapture land after Hillary Clinton has been elected president may be risky.

 

Both the US and Israel nowadays want to end their wars as quickly as possible. That minimizes the period of possible bad PR. That means that they can cause a significant amount of collateral damage without causing bad long-term publicity for themselves. If the media consumers are continuously bombarded with examples of collateral damage over a longer period of time they are more affected than if they exposed to a larger amount of collateral damage over a shorter period of time.

 

Furthermore, I don´t understand why Assad should keep a large portion of Syria with people who don´t want to live in a state dominated by secular Alawis (Shia Muslims). Even if he defeats the militant Sunni Muslims they can cause more problems in the future. So why not let them have their own area where they can create their own society? The only expansion of Assad´s current territory which makes sense to me is to create a land bridge to Iraq so that the remaining part of Syria can create a free trade bloc together with Iraq and Iran. The area bordering to Israel could be given to the Druze minority. No border to Israel is probably an advantage if you want to avoid problems.

 

COSMOS's picture

What you are suggesting is allowing the enemy to have a safe area in the country where they can grow stronger and eventually attack the areas of Syria consisting of other religious minorities while calling themselves the legitimate Syrian govt. To make sure this war is over these mofos have to be killed or kicked out of every corner of Syria. Your solution would be tantamount to suicide.

CTG_Sweden's picture

 

COSMOS:

“What you are suggesting is allowing the enemy to have a safe area in the country where they can grow stronger and eventually attack the areas of Syria consisting of other religious minorities while calling themselves the legitimate Syrian govt. To make sure this war is over these mofos have to be killed or kicked out of every corner of Syria. Your solution would be tantamount to suicide.”

 

 

My comments:

Well if radical Sunnis are not satisfied with just having their share of Syria I guess that you may be right. If that´s true I guess that Assad prefers a strategy that kills as many radicals as possible. But if new militants are pouring in continuously from other parts of the world I think that it should be difficult to pursue such a strategy successfully.

And even if you are right as regards the Sunnis it should be a great idea to insulate Syria from Israel by giving the area bordering to Israel to the Druze minority. It would be hard for Israel and the US to say that Israel must cross the border with their troops in order to protect themselves against the Druze.

 

CTG_Sweden's picture

 

 

Another possible part of the solution is that Assad builds a wall on the border to the area which he controls and declares an area that stretches a few miles from this border as a no-go zone where all intruders are allowed to be killed. (If this area would be found between two parallel walls it would be easier to claim that no innocent people are killed.)

 

Building a wall is expensive. But the question is which alternatives the Assad regime has.

 

The question is also how the wall should be protected and who should patrol the no-go zone. One possible solution could be that Assad offers the no-go zone as a real life test zone for autonomous killer robots and similar weapons. That could be a great test site for both the Russian and the Chinese military complex. A real, permanent test zone would make it easier to develop autonomous killer robots that actually work. If there would be a steady inflow of jihadists who believe that they will be rewarded with 72 virgins if they get killed by a robot I guess that there would be almost unlimited possibilities to test killer robots in real combat situations. That would in turn create a competitive advantage for Russian and Chinese arms manufacturers. Maybe this angle of the problem sounds crazy. But combat proven military equipment definitely has an edge over competitors which have not been tested under similar conditions. Maybe the Russians and the Chinese would even be willing to pay for access to this real-life test site? If that would be the case it would probably be easier for the Assad regime to fund the construction of a wall.

 

Mazzy's picture

The first sentence of this article starts off wrong: "three years" should actually read as "five years and counting"

Playtime's Over's picture

Assad will win, he now has a staunch allie. Assad will fight to the death, he knows the alawhite will be exterminated if he loses. Victory is his only option. 

bid the soldiers shoot's picture

 

Was the rebranding of al Nusra a call to muster to break the siege?

onmail1's picture

<-- 'American Al-Nusra Forces Launch Offensive To Keep Assad Out Of Syria's Aleppo'

The line that should've been 

It is america that is fanning the war

America is the source of all wars & terrorism

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American Constitution promotes Terrorism

Amendment II

As ratified by the States and authenticated by Thomas Jefferson, then-Secretary of State:

A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

 

shining one's picture

Now that the new caliph has established himself, things are going to step up big time in that area of the world.