The Battle for Aleppo

Baha Hamid, Syrian Fighter
Baha Hamid, Syrian Fighter

On July 31, 2016, I reported that after many months of fierce fighting, Aleppo city and much of the towns around it were finally liberated from foreign Islamist control. I was the happiest I had been in a very long time. I had waited a few days to make sure it was real. It was, and village people were being filmed telling their stories of the horrors of what it was like to be held captive under Islamist control. Their children were killed, accused of crimes they did not commit, and other such horrors.

Women took off the full black veil and burned them for the cameras.

Others, who had fled before their towns were captured, began to return to Aleppo, anxious to see if their homes or businesses still existed. It was a joyous few days. Everyone was celebrating in the streets.

Then, “opposition” groups joined forces. Some with ISIS, others with other “opposition” groups. And Aleppo was attacked again from all sides. Here is a summary of the main battles and events.

August 3
During an attack in southwest Aleppo, the foreign Islamist groups Fateh Halab and the US-backed Harakat Nourideen al-Zinki, used chemical weapons on civilians. Seven were killed and at least 20 were taken to Aleppo hospitals (last February, while advancing on Aleppo, Fateh Halab attacked a Kurdish neighborhood and used chemical weapons on them).

“Opposition” groups have also used chemical weapons against the Syrian National Army when the Islamists were attacking a town just west of Aleppo city.

Note: Fateh Halab means the conquering of Aleppo. Harakat Nourideen al-Zinki was a fighter in the Crusades who is hailed by Muslims for committing many massacres in the name of Islam. You may remember my report about Harakat Nourideen al-Zinki back in June. This is the group that beheaded the young boy after torturing him and abusing him sexually – filming the entire thing and posting it on social media.

August 4
The foreign mercenary army created by Turkey and Saudi Arabia, Jaish al-Fateh (Army of Conquest), attacked the southern neighborhood of Aleppo city. The Islamist group was trying to advance into al-Ramouseh, an important Syrian National Army held area that includes an important military base which holds about a year’s worth of ammo and weapons.

To take al-Ramouseh would mean the Islamists would also have access to attack the eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo city.

August 5
Another foreign Islamist group, Harakat Ahrar al-Sham (the movement to Free Sham, or, freeing Sham to Islam; Sham, or the Levant, is Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan and part of Iraq), made an announcement that they would be conducting an enormous attack on the al-Ramouseh military base. Several car bombs initiated the attack. The explosions, backed with unending shelling, did make Ahrar al-Sham able to get into the Military Technical College near the military base, but the Syrian National Army quickly launched counter attacks and were able to remove them from the technical college.

Meanwhile, regiments of Jaish al-Fateh (the Turkish-Saudi coalition army) were able to push near the military base. Both the Russian and Syrian Air Forces participated in non-stop air strikes on Jaish al-Fateh and were able to push them back.

During the evening, the Russian Air Force was relentless in successful air strikes on regiments of Jaish al-Fateh camps on the edges of the southern neighborhoods of Aleppo city.

August 6
Both the Turkish-Saudi coalition army of Jaish al-Fateh, and the Fateh Halab coalition, got together and launched a massive attack to seize the al-Ramouseh military base. Fateh Halab hit the al-Ramouseh civilian neighborhood and Jaish al-Fateh attacked the military base. During the attack the electricity was cut off to west Aleppo’s 1.5 million residents.

Units of Syria’s special forces arrived, as well as armored divisions, the National Guard, local security forces, and many units of the National Defense Forces (a volunteer army made up of both men and women). Fierce ground fighting took place for many hours as well as helicopter air strikes. The fighting lasted all night. Many brave Syrians died in the fighting. Fighting for Aleppo, and fighting for Syria.

But sadly, by morning, Jaish al-Fateh had control of half of the military base.

The Russian Air Force arrived to try to keep the Islamist armies from reinforcing their positions. And the various units of Syria’s armed forces hunkered down and fierce fighting began once again to regain full control of the military base.

August 7
Fighting continued all day. During the day, the US-backed group, Harakat Nourideen al-Zinki, who beheaded the young boy in June, filmed themselves fighting the Syrian national forces and posted it on social media. Smiling and laughing and enjoying the carnage.

Jaish al-Fateh announced that their next phase of their Aleppo attack would be on the entire city. They began to mobilize forces from Idlib province.

August 8
The Syrian Army brought in 100’s of tanks and armored vehicles from other provinces to better secure the city of Aleppo.

Russian and Syrian Air Forces targeted arriving convoys of Islamist units. They were able to destroy a Jaish al-Fateh convoy near the military base, which included five armored vehicles. Another convoy was destroyed that resulted in the destruction of seven armored vehicles manned with anti-aircraft. Another convoy destroyed had 11 armored vehicles, and another 14.

It was estimated that Fateh Halab and Jaish al-Fateh had around 10,000 mercenary fighters in this attempt to take Aleppo. It was rumored that Jaish al-Fateh, the Turkish-Saudi coalition mercenary army now has “special operation units” involved in this attack on Aleppo. This would not be surprising since Turkey and Saudi Arabia have spent billions funding Jaish al-Fateh and supplying it with mercenaries and weapons..

On this day also, the civilian residents of Aleppo received various government aid. Large truckloads of fuel, gas cylinders, food, medical and other supplies arrived into Aleppo and aid was dispersed.

Many civilians were able to evacuate when the attacks began. Announcements are always made as to where to find government protected areas. The “protected areas” have armed forces to guard and protect the civilians. But interestingly, many Syrians now choose to remain. And many join the local volunteer units of the National Defense Forces. The Syrian Army trains them and provides them with weapons. The civilians who remain have a vested interest in their homeland and want to fight for it.

Though this report is on the battle for Aleppo, there are vicious battles going on throughout Syria in Latakia, Homs, Hamma, Damascus, Idlib, Raqqa and Deir Ezzor provinces. The massive assault on Aleppo has spread the national forces very thin in these other provinces. ISIS has been taking advantage of the fighting in Aleppo and has been attacking Deir Ezzor and Raqqa. They have also attacked the ancient city of Palmyra (again). Palmyra is where they beheaded the 83 year old archeologist and child members of ISIS executed over 20 Syrian Army members in a grandiose show inside the ancient archeological site — and then they destroyed the archeological site.

But Russia came to the rescue. Six long range bombers left from Russia and conducted air strikes hitting an ISIS command and control center and a very large field camp that housed many ISIS terrorists.

Added to Russia’s help, an Iraqi paramilitary unit arrived and aided in Aleppo’s southern front.

The Syrian Army’s 4th Mechanized Division, backed by units of the National Defense Forces, began an assault against Fateh Halab in the northern part of Aleppo city, launching rockets inside Fateh Halab’s positions. Meanwhile, the Russian Air Force hit Fateh Halab in the northern countryside of Aleppo, hitting many enemy targets where they were positioning themselves to enter Aleppo city.

August 9
The Russian Air Force conducted many airstrikes over southern Aleppo city targeting Jaish al-Fateh positions and camps. The airstrikes were made in coordination with the Syrian Army on the ground, who were conducting missile strikes on the Jaish al-Fateh positions.

Though Jaish al-Fateh and Fateh Halab have continued to make advances in the eastern neighborhoods, they have not been able to resupply and are at a standstill.

Most Syrians stay and fight for Syria. They do not want their country to fall into foreign Islamist hands.

Women, small children and the elderly often go to “protected areas” where the Syrian Armed Forces can protect them. They return as soon as their neighborhood is freed from Islamists.

But their youth remain and fight.

The photo is of Baha Hamid, a young Syrian protecting Aleppo. He died this week trying to repel the most recent Islamist attack. Young Syrians like Baha die daily defending their homeland.

Many thousands of young Syrians, including women, have joined the Syrian Armed Forces every year since 2011.

The “Syrian refugee” system invading the West is a scam. It is an invasion of Islamic fighters — similar to what is happening in Syria, only by another name.

Originally posted at CheriBerens

Cheri Berens lives in Egypt working as a researcher for the Egyptian Ministry of Culture. She experienced Egypt’s 2011 and 2013 revolutions and witnessed the Muslim Brotherhood takeover and violence that followed.