DAMASCUS, SYRIA (8:00 P.M.) – Fitted with Go-Pro cameras on their helmets, Al-Qaeda militants raided western Aleppo this weekend, targeting the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) positions near the abandoned Orphanage Center in the Jamiyat Al-Zahraa district.

According to the official media wing of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), the jihadist group somehow snuck behind the frontline itself and ambushed a SAA platoon not far from the government-held Air Force Intelligence building:

Although no government troops were shown in the video itself, HTS said it killed 9 soldiers and destroyed a 14,5 mm machine-gun positions before withdrawing to its original positions on the outskirts of Aleppo city.

Although officially covered by a so-called safe zone, the western suburbs of Aleppo have been persistently targeted by both Ahrar Al-Sham and HTS in recent weeks while the SAA has maintained a largely defensive stance, holding its ground against the ongoing jihadist onslaught which has seen a large number of SPG-9 rocket launchers put into use.

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sturm1974
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Either a reconnaissance in force, snatch, hit & run or moral booster / propaganda showpiece OR all of the above. Clearly not a prelude to a larger military op.

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Actually, Turks want to open a corridor between Idlib and al-Bab/Jarablus area and thus isolate Afrin canton while being able to take/besiege Aleppo again.
If serious care is not taken, grim consequences are likely to happen sooner than you may think.

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Nothing to worry about. Turkish army is just about useless. It took them 6 months to beat 1000 crazy jihadists in Al Bab

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SAA needs to respond decisively to provocations!!!