Aleppo, Syria (4:00 P.M.) – The Syrian Armed Forces, backed by Hezbollah, launched a new assault today on the Aleppo Technical College after failing to capture the nearby Artillery Academy yesterday.

Led by the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Hezbollah stormed the Technical College’s northwestern entrance, where they were confronted by large group of Jihadist rebels from Jaysh Al-Fateh (Army of Conquest).

According to a military source from the Tiger Forces, the Syrian Arab Army and Hezbollah have entered the Technical College and secured the entrance.

Video footage of the pro-government forces entering the Technical College amid Russian airstrikes on the jihadists defenses was captured on film by local journalists:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwCinkkkld0

Clashes are still ongoing at the moment, as the Syrian Armed Forces and Hezbollah attempt to seize the entire Technical Academy.

 

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I take a look at how hard the government forces advancing on this position for more than two weeks, with air support, and I can not understand how this could be to hand over the same area for 2-3 days, when jihadists attacked ?! When militants seized the area, there was almost no destruction of buildings! Anyone can answer, how could so easily pass these positions Islamists ?! What soldiers in government armed forces ?! Смотрю на то, с каким трудом правительственные силы наступают на эти позиции больше двух недель, с поддержкой авиации и никак не могу понять, как до… Read more »

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The difficulty the SAA had holding the base in the first place was that they let their guard down and then got hit with VBIEDs, by the time they realised what was going on the position was untenable.

Now the difficulty they have is with sheer numbers, there is a point where even a mounted chaingun with infinite ammo won’t save you from the horde, the principle applies here, not only do they have to attack superior numbers several to one but they also have to do so through the choke-points that benefited them when they were defending it.

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Мы не хотим признать,что там за свои идеи люди с радостью отдадут жизнь,там нет пленных!

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I never understood what’s so important about Aleppo to get bogged down in urban combat where benefit of air superiority + armored vehicles is limited. What Syria needs to do is to cut supply routes of the rebels from Turkey.

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Adam_Kafei

One of the main reasons for controlling Aleppo city is the population, it gives the controller a political and diplomatic advantage. It’s position as a logistics hub also gives it strategic purpose during any offensive in the north of the country, furthermore the government positions in Aleppo province put the ‘rebels’ in northern Hama in a precarious position, although that has less to do with the city itself. Suffice to say there are reasons to fight over the city, even though I feel it would be better to lay siege to the whole city and control it using the roads… Read more »

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Guclu Ilker Goksel

maybe to reduce the casualties. The SAA has already been shrinked to half since 2011.

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Nope, some who defected simply came back and many locals enlist in NDF (NDF acts more locally) or in SAA, even former FSA guys that simply left SAA when they saw shithadist coming from everywhere and as they don’t want to live with a middle-ages mindset in the country and found themselves wthout a job, they switched sides.

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JoyMadrugada R

Some SAA commanders didnt manage well. Then to reduce dead soldiers did other tacticks .Jijhadist didnt care for their losses . It was important SAA withdrew until Tiger units start operations and RuAF cut the supplies to jihadist front

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JoyMadrugada R

The Cement Factory was the key to hold and not open the front . As they defned it did other stormings in southern Aleppo

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The Qaedans simply launched the mother(f****r) of all the battles and are launching all their forces in, but they’re stalling with great losses and in other areas, they are beginning to seriously losing ground…

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Some have suggested it was a strategic withdrawal by the Syria army and it allies, they allow the rebels to achieve a breakthrough so that the rebels could declare they broke the seize but in a manner that meant it practically useless as they couldn’t use it to bring in a large amount of supplies into Aleppo.

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I think that is propaganda thinking David Knowles. Lets face it they could have used air power and the bases artillery to slaughter the jihadis in the field. Instead they have lost a base which had held out for years and then they made the enemy pay afterwards, Whether the losses inflicted are enough will become clear over the next few days/weeks. How could the SAA allow SVIED’s to drive up to the gates of a military base in the middle of a war? Where were their ATGM’s? I’ve also read reports that only the Hezbollah fighters stood their ground,… Read more »