On Saturday evening inside the southern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate, the Syrian Arab Army’s 43rd Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division – in close coordination with the National Defense Forces (NDF), Kataebat Al-Ba’ath (Al-Ba’ath Battalions”, and the Palestinian pro-government militia “Liwaa Al-Quds” (Jerusalem Brigade) – imposed full control over the imperative village of Al-Khalidiyah along the Aleppo-Damascus Highway (M-5 Highway).
According to a battlefield correspondent in southern Aleppo, the Syrian Armed Forces and their allies launched a counter-attack against the Islamist rebels of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki, Liwaa Suqour Al-Sham, and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham from their positions at the strategic town of Khan Touman, killing several enemy combatants before they fled south from Al-Khalidiyah.
While the Islamists fled south of Al-Khalidiyah, the Syrian Arab Army’s sappers from their engineer corps snuffed out the area for any roadside explosives or mines before they could allow any of the government forces to enter the village on Saturday evening.
Once Al-Khalidiyah was cleared out by the Syrian Arab Army’s sappers, the government forces entered the village after a 48 hour hiatus.
As a result of their loss on Saturday evening, the Islamist rebels are once again cutoff along the Aleppo-Damascus Highway, forcing them to use unsafe seasonal roads to resupply their comrades inside the provincial capital.