By Canthama “Exclusive to SyrPer”
The last two days have been very challenging in the western front, a combined force of many terrorist factions have launched a “all at once” attack toward the Ramouseh corridor. This is on going battle so events are fluid.
It is important to understand the dynamics of this attack, the strategy has been to storm from both sides of the corridor, west-east-west, aiming to break the siege and with that cutting the western supply route to 1.5 million Syrians inside Aleppo, leaving only the eastern supply route newly opened at Al Mallah/Bani Zayd.
The terrorists’s offensive has started 7 days ago and managed to penetrate quickly toward the corridor, but it found hard to cross the artillery base defensive lines. That changed yesterday when the terrorists used multiple VBEIDs to storm the perimeter of the base. After 5 hours of fierce fighting the terrorists retreated after reporting very large casualties, but after few hours a second wave attacked late in the night and this time quickly advanced inside the military base complex, where in few hours they managed to hold positions inside the Armament College, the Ramouseh Artillery and Academy bases, while it seems, by early morning, the new front line has been settled between the Artillery base and the Airforce Technical Division.
Late at night, the Syrian High Command has taken the decision to divert large forces from the nearby fronts to counter the terrorists offensive and to push them back toward the previous front line, among them it was reported that the Tiger Forces have arrived sometime in morning while a large convoy sent from Al Hadher, southern Aleppo, was already engaging the enemy at the Airforce Technical Division, it seems the High Command decision proved decisive after all.
Map credit to Peto Lucem @PetoLucem
By midday, the terrorists inside eastern Aleppo have started their offensive east-west in other to force the split in the Syrian and allies forces and to speed up cutting the Ramouseh supply route connecting with the fellow terrorists that were at the time inside the Artillery base. At that moment in time, many media channels were releasing news that the siege has been broken, many maps popped up and hundreds of tweets celebrating the terrorists supposed achievement.
But, the reality was very different, while the terrorists’s supporters were celebrating their supposed victory, some Syrian and Lebanese TV channels were reporting life from the Ramouseh roundabout, a place the terrorists were claiming to be captured, besides, maybe unknown to the internet terrorist’s “cheer leaders” the attack from the besieged Aleppo was dying out under wave after wave of air attacks and Syrian forces unquestionable resistance, more attack waves are expected at anytime though.
Not one hour later, after most of the Syrian and allied reinforcements were engaging the enemy, the terrorists offensive lines started to break down one by one. At that moment the Syrian forces and allies have managed to take most of the Artillery Base back and partially the Armament College. The battle continues fiercely with the terrorists losing momentum, most likely we will see few more multiple VBIEDs used to hold the Syrian and allied forces counter offensive, as well as maybe a 3rd wave of attacks during the night. At the moment the losses are unknown from both sides, though it is recognized that the terrorists have sustained a very heavy blow, both in fighters and hardware.
A long night ahead for the Syrians in Aleppo as the battle promises to continue non stop.
Map credit to Military Advisor @miladvisor, best representing the battle map at the time of this article
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