After the U.S. led coalition bombed Syrian army positions in Deir-Ezzur in mid-September, the ceasefire collapsed, leading to a surge in violence across Syria. Around 10 days on, the Syrian army and allied forces are advancing in Aleppo. The offensive was launched just a few days ago, after several days of mobilizing troops, and intelligence gathering.
In support of the new offensive, the Russian Air Force has been carrying out airstrikes against Islamist rebels in Aleppo. On the 28/09/2016, Yahoo reported that government forces had advanced in Aleppo, taking control of the Farafira area. Yahoo quoted a source, which said “After neutralizing many terrorists….. units are now demining the area.”
Diverse Government Forces Involved in the Renewed Aleppo Offensive
The latest offensive in Aleppo has already yielded some territorial gains for the Syrian armed forces, and more gains are expected in the coming days (updates are being reported regularly.) The forces fighting against the Islamist rebels in Aleppo are highly diverse, in terms of religion and nationality.
As well as regular units from the Syrian Arab Army, fighters from the NDF, Baath Brigades, and Shia militias (from Iran, Iraq & Afghanistan) are also assisting. The Baath Brigades are mainly comprised of Sunni university students, drawn from provinces across Syria. Palestinian militiamen are also active in the renewed Aleppo offensive, especially in areas surrounding the old Palestinian refugee camp.
This diverse contingent of forces demonstrates that the Syrian government is secular in nature. This is in stark contrast with the rebels, who are entirely dependent on Sunni Muslims to fight forthem.
Syrian Jihadi Groups Are Using Children to Fight for Them
An article published on Al Masdar News on the 11/09/2016 reported that terrorist groups fighting in the Syrian civil war are increasingly using children to fight for them. The article reported that the children are being paid just $100 per month.
It reads “Different jihadi groups fighting the Syrian government have been increasingly recruiting children soldiers as the conflict sweeps the war-torn country for the sixth year.”